The nurse is assessing a client with Graves’ disease. Which assessment finding would the nurse expect in this client?

  • bradycardia
  • constipation
  • exophthalmos
  • recent weight gain
Number 3 is correct.
Exophthalmos, or a “startled” look, is caused by edema in the extraocular muscles. Clients may report difficulty in focusing, dry eyes, or photophobia. Graves’ disease causes tachycardia, not bradycardia. The client may report an increase in bowel movements. Unplanned weight loss is also common.