Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis 6th Edition By Dains – Test Bank

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Chapter 3. Abdomen

Multiple Choice

Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

____ 1. When performing abdominal assessment, the clinician should perform examination techniques in the following order:

A.Inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation

  1. Inspection, percussion, palpation, and auscultation
  2. Inspection, auscultation, percussion, and palpation

D.Auscultation, palpation, percussion, and inspection

____ 2. The clinician should auscultate the abdomen to listen for possible bruits of the:


  1. Renal artery
  2. Iliac artery

D.All of the above

____ 3. On abdominal examination, which of the following is assessed using percussion?


  1. Kidneys
  2. Pancreas


____ 4. In abdominal assessment, a digital rectal examination is performed to assess for:


  1. Prostate size
  2. Blood in stool

D.Ureteral stenosis

____ 5. Rebound tenderness of the abdomen is a sign of:


  1. Peritoneal inflammation
  2. Elevated venous pressure

D.Peritoneal edema

____ 6. While assessing the abdomen, the clinician deeply palpates the left lower quadrant of the abdomen, and this causes pain

in the patient’s right lower abdomen. This is most commonly indicative of:


  1. Diverticulitis
  2. Appendicitis


____ 7. Your patient complains of severe right lower quadrant abdominal pain. To assess the patient for peritoneal

inflammation, the examiner should:

  1. Percuss the right lower quadrant of the abdomen
  2. Deeply palpate the right lower quadrant of the abdomen
  3. Auscultate the right lower quadrant for hyperactive bowel sounds
  4. Strike the plantar surface of the patient’s heel while the patient is supine


____ 8. Your patient is lying supine and you ask him to raise his leg while you place resistance against the thigh. The examiner

is testing the patient for:

A.Psoas sign

  1. Obturator sign
  2. Rovsing’s sign

D.Murphys’ sign

____ 9. A patient is lying supine and the clinician deeply palpates the right upper quadrant of the abdomen while the patient

inhales. The examiner is testing the patient for:

A.Psoas sign

  1. Obturator sign
  2. Rovsing’s sign

D.Murphys’ sign

____ 10. Your patient has abdominal pain, and it is worsened when the examiner rotates the patient’s right hip inward with the

knee bent and the obturator internus muscle is stretched. This is a sign of:


  1. Cholecystitis
  2. Appendicitis

D.Mesenteric adenitis

____ 11. On abdominal examination as the clinician presses on the right upper quadrant to assess liver size, jugular vein

distension becomes obvious. Hepatojugular reflux is indicative of:

A.Acute hepatitis

  1. Right ventricular failure
  2. Cholecystitis

D.Left ventricular failure

____ 12. Your patient demonstrates positive shifting dullness on percussion of the abdomen. This is indicative of:


  1. Appendicitis
  2. Ascites


____ 13. Your 44-year-old female patient complains of right upper quadrant pain. Her skin and sclera are yellow, and she has

hyperbilirubinemia and elevated liver enzymes. The clinician should suspect:

A.Acute pancreatitis

  1. Biliary duct obstruction
  2. Acute hepatitis

D.Atypical appendicitis

____ 14. The most common cause of acute pancreatitis is:


  1. Hepatitis virus A
  2. Hyperlipidemia

D.Alcohol abuse

____ 15. Your patient with pancreatitis has a Ranson rule score of 8. The clinician should recognize that this is a risk of:


A.Pleural involvement

  1. Alcoholism
  2. High mortality

D.Bile duct obstruction

____ 16. Your patient complains of left upper quadrant pain, fever, extreme fatigue, and spontaneous bruising. The clinician

should recognize that these symptoms are often related to:

A.Hematopoetic disorders

  1. Hepatomegaly
  2. Esophageal varices

D.Pleural effusion

____ 17. A 16-year-old patient presents with sore throat, cervical lymphadenopathy, fever, extreme fatigue, and left upper

quadrant pain. The physical examination reveals splenomegaly. The clinician should recognize the probability of:

A.Bacterial endocarditis

  1. Infectious mononucleosis
  2. Pneumonia with pleural effusion

D.Pancreatic cancer

____ 18. Your patient complains of lower abdominal pain, anorexia, extreme fatigue, unintentional weight loss of 10 pounds in

last 3 weeks, and you find a positive hemoccult on digital rectal examination. Laboratory tests show iron deficiency anemia. The

clinician needs to consider:


  1. Appendicitis
  2. Colon cancer

D.Peptic ulcer disease

____ 19. Which of the following is the most common cause of heartburn-type epigastric pain?

A.Decreased lower esophageal sphincter tone

  1. Helicobacteria pylori infection of stomach
  2. Esophageal spasm

D.Excess use of NSAIDs

____ 20. A 22-year-old female enters the emergency room with complaints of right lower quadrant abdominal pain, which has

been worsening over the last 24 hours. On examination of the abdomen, there is a palpable mass and rebound tenderness over the

right lower quadrant. The clinician should recognize the importance of:

A.Digital rectal examination

  1. Endoscopy
  2. Ultrasound

D.Pelvic examination

____ 21. The major sign of ectopic pregnancy is:

  1. Sudden onset of severe epigastric pain
  2. Amenorrhea with unilateral lower quadrant pain
  3. Lower back and rectal pain
  4. Palpable abdominal mass

____ 22. When ruptured ectopic pregnancy is suspected, the following procedure is most important:

A Culdocentesis

  1. CT scan
  2. Abdominal x-ray

D.Digital rectal examination

____ 23. The majority of colon cancers are located in the:

A.Transverse colon

  1. Cecum
  2. Rectosigmoid region

D.Ascending colon

____ 24. The following symptom(s) in the patient’s history should raise the clinician’s suspicion of colon cancer:

A.Alternating constipation and diarrhea

  1. Narrowed caliber of stool
  2. Hematochezia

D.All of the above

____ 25. A patient presents to the emergency department with nausea and severe, colicky back pain that radiates into the groin.

When asked to locate the pain, he points to the right costovertebral angle region. His physical examination is unremarkable.

Which of the following lab tests is most important for the diagnosis?


  1. Serum electrolyte levels
  2. Digital rectal exam

D.Lumbar x-ray

____ 26. Your 34-year-old female patient complains of a feeling of “heaviness” in the right lower quadrant, achiness, and

bloating. On pelvic examination, there is a palpable mass in the right lower quadrant. Urine and serum pregnancy tests are

negative. The diagnostic tool that would be most helpful is:

A.Digital rectal exam

  1. Transvaginal ultrasound
  2. Pap smear


____ 27. Your 54-year-old male patient complains of a painless “lump” in his lower left abdomen that comes and goes for the

past couple of weeks. When examining the abdomen, you should have the patient:

A.Lie flat and take a deep breath

  1. Stand and bear down against your hand
  2. Prepare for a digital rectal examination

D.Lie in a left lateral recumbent position

____ 28. A nurse practitioner reports that your patient’s abdominal x-ray demonstrates multiple air-fluid levels in the bowel.

This is a diagnostic finding found in:


  1. Cholecystitis
  2. Bowel obstruction


____ 29. A 76-year-old patient presents to the emergency department with severe left lower quadrant abdominal pain, diarrhea,

and fever. On physical examination, you note the patient has a positive heel strike, and left lower abdominal rebound tenderness.

These are typical signs and symptoms of which of the following conditions?


  1. Salpingitis
  2. Inflammatory bowel disease

D.Irritable bowel syndrome

____ 30. Which of the following conditions is the most common cause of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea?

A.Viral gastroenteritis

  1. Staphylococcal food poisoning
  2. Acute hepatitis A

D.E.coli gastroenteritis

____ 31. A patient presents to the emergency department with complaints of vomiting and abdominal pain. You note that the

emesis contains bile. On physical examination, there is diffuse tenderness, abdominal distension, and rushing, high-pitched bowel

sounds. Which of the following diagnoses would be most likely?

A.Gastric outlet obstruction

  1. Small bowel obstruction
  2. Distal intestinal blockage

D.Colonic obstruction

____ 32. Your 5-year-old female patient presents to the emergency department with sore throat, vomiting, ear ache, 103 degree

fever, photophobia, and nuchal rigidity. She has an episode of projectile vomiting while you are examining her. The clinician

should recognize that the following should be done:

A.Abdominal x-ray

  1. Fundoscopic examination
  2. Lumbar puncture

D.Analysis of vomitus

____ 33. A 9-year-old boy accompanied by his mother reports that since he came home from summer camp, he has had fever,

nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal cramps and watery stools that contain blood and mucus. The clinician should recognize the

importance of:

  1. Stool for ova and parasites
  2. Abdominal x-ray
  3. Stool for clostridium
  4. Fecal occult blood test

____ 34. A 56-year-old male complains of anorexia, changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue, and unintentional weight loss. At

times he is constipated and other times he has episodes of diarrhea. His physical examination is unremarkable. It is important for

the clinician to recognize the importance of:

A.CBC with differential

  1. Stool culture and sensitivity
  2. Abdominal x-ray


____ 35. A 20-year-old engineering student complains of episodes of abdominal discomfort, bloating, and episodes of diarrhea.

The symptoms usually occur after eating, and pain is frequently relieved with bowel movement. She is on a “celiac diet” and the

episodic symptoms persist. Physical examination and diagnostic tests are negative. Colonoscopy is negative for any

abnormalities. This is a history and physical consistent with:

A Inflammatory bowel disease

  1. Irritable bowel syndrome
  2. Laxative abuse

D.Norovirus gastroenteritis

____ 36. A 78-year-old female patient is suffering from heart failure, GERD, diabetes, and depression. She presents with

complaints of frequent episodes of constipation. Her last bowel movement was 1 week ago. Upon examination, you palpate a

hard mass is the left lower quadrant of the abdomen. You review her list of medications. Which of the following of her

medications cause constipation?

A.Digitalis (Lanoxin)

  1. Amlodipine (Norvasc)
  2. Sertraline (Zoloft)

D.Metformin (Glucophage)

____ 37. You are examining a 55-year-old female patient with a history of alcohol abuse. She complains of anorexia, nausea,

pruritus, and weight loss over the last month. On physical examination, you note yellow hue of the skin and sclera. Which of the

following physical examination techniques is most important?

A.Scratch test

  1. Heel strike
  2. Digital rectal examination

D.Pelvic examination

____ 38. You observe Charcot’s triad of sign and symptoms in a patient under your care. This is commonly seen in which of the

following disorders?


  1. Pancreatitis
  2. Cholangitis

D.Portal hypertension

____ 39. A 59-year-old patient with history of alcohol abuse is admitted for hematemesis. On physical examination, you note

ascites and caput medusa. A likely cause for the hematemesis is:

A.Peptic ulcer disease

  1. Barrett’s esophagus
  2. Pancreatitis

D.Esophageal varices

____ 40. A 16-year-old female with anorexia and bulimia is admitted for hematemesis. She admits to inducing vomiting often.

On physical examination, you note pallor, BMI less than 15, and hypotension. A likely reason for hematemesis is:

A.Mallory-Weiss tear

  1. Cirrhosis
  2. Peptic ulcer disease

D.Esophageal varies

____ 41. An 82-year-old female presents to the emergency department with epigastric pain and weakness. She admits to having

dark, tarry stools for the last few days. She reports a long history of pain due to osteoarthritis. She self-medicates daily with

ibuprofen, naprosyn, and aspirin for joint pain. On physical examination, she has orthostatic hypotension and pallor. Fecal occult

blood test is positive. A likely etiology of the patient’s problem is:


Mallory-Weiss tear

  1. Esophageal varices
  2. Gastric ulcer

D.Colon cancer

____ 42. A 48-year-old male presents to the clinic with complaints of anorexia, nausea, weakness, and unintentional weight loss

over the last few weeks. On physical examination, the patient has jaundice of the skin as well as sclera and a palpable mass in the

epigastric region. In addition to CBC and bilirubin levels, all of the following tests would be helpful except:

A.Liver enzymes

  1. Amylase
  2. Lipase

D.Uric acid

____ 43. Your 66-year-old male patient complains of weakness, fatigue, chronic constipation for the last month, and dark stools.

On CBC, his results show iron deficiency anemia. Colon cancer is diagnosed. Which of the following laboratory tests is used to

follow progress of colon cancer?

A.Alpha fetoprotein (AFP)

  1. Carcinogenic embryonic antigen (CEA)
  2. Carcinoma antigen 125 (CA-125)

D.Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (beta HCG)

____ 44. Your patient is a 33-year-old female gave birth last week. She complains of constipation, rectal pain, and itching. She

reports bright red blood on the toilet tissue. The clinician should recognize the need for:

A.Digital rectal exam

  1. CEA blood test
  2. Colonoscopy

D.Fecal occult blood test





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