A patient is undergoing a biopsy to check for thyroid cancer. The patient tells the nurse that he is very nervous about the procedure. The nurse can tell him that which of the following complications are associated with a biopsy procedure?

 

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- Hemorrhage

- Cardiac arrhythmia

- Chronic pain

- Diaphoresis

Rationale

Although it may be difficult to discuss complications of a biopsy when a patient is nervous, the nurse must ensure that the patient is informed about the procedure. A biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue and testing it for cancerous cells. In this situation, the patient is at risk of bleeding as a complication, as biopsy involves inserting a needle and taking some tissue out of the thyroid gland.

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