QOD 8: Contractures in a Patient with Huntington’s Disease (Neurology/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A 78-year-old patient with Huntington’s disease has developed contractures from muscle atrophy. The nurse is reviewing his information after he has been admitted to the long-term care facility. Which best describes an appropriate outcome for this patient?

Answer:

C. The patient will participate in range of motion exercises to reduce the effects of the contractures

Rationale: 

Huntington’s disease is a progressive condition that can lead to muscle atrophy and potential contractures. The patient in this situation should be given a program of range of motion exercises in which he may need assistance. The nurse can help the patient to increase his range of motion and to prevent worsening of contractures by improving flexibility and reducing rigidity.

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