Pleural Friction Rub

 

A 45-year-old woman with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) presents to the Emergency Room (ER) with complaints of sharp retrosternal chest pain that worsens with deep breathing or lying down. She reports a 3-day history of low-grade fever, listlessness and says she feels like she had the flu. A physical exam reveals tachycardia and a pleural friction rub. She was diagnosed with acute pericarditis.
Question:
What does the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) recognize as the result of the pleural friction rub?

 

 

 

 

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