Confident on what you know about the pathophysiology, manifestations, complications, interdisciplinary care, and nursing care of clients with neurologic disorders? Try answering this 25-Item practice questions and you might ace your NCLEX exam!
EXAM TIP: In terms of answering certain situation wherein what should the nurse do next? Apply the principle of “Don’t “do nothing.” Because nurses always have to do something.” Except for instances wherein the situation doesn’t put the client in jeopardy or the laboratory value/condition of the client is normal.
Learn something new every day under the sun. You will never get old if you do.
Included topics in this practice quiz are:
- Brain Tumor
- Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
- Head Trauma
- Increased Intracranial Pressure
- Level of Consciousness
- Lumbar Puncture
- Subdural Hematoma
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Neurological Disorders Practice Quiz #3 (25 Questions)
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Neurological Disorders Practice Quiz #3 (25 Questions)
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1. A client admitted to the hospital with a subarachnoid hemorrhage has complaints of severe headache, nuchal rigidity, and projectile vomiting. The nurse knows lumbar puncture (LP) would be contraindicated in this client in which of the following circumstances?
1. To reduce intraocular pressure
2. To prevent acute tubular necrosis
3. To promote osmotic diuresis to decrease ICP
4. To draw water into the vascular system to increase blood pressure
4. Which of the following values is considered normal for ICP?
1. 0 to 15 mm Hg
2. 25 mm Hg
3. 35 to 45 mm Hg
4. 120/80 mm Hg
5. Which of the following symptoms may occur with a phenytoin level of 32 mg/dl?
6. Which of the following signs and symptoms of increased ICP after head trauma would appear first?
7. Problems with memory and learning would relate to which of the following lobes?
8. While cooking, your client couldn’t feel the temperature of a hot oven. Which lobe could be dysfunctional?
9. The nurse is assessing the motor function of an unconscious client. The nurse would plan to use which of the following to test the client’s peripheral response to pain?
10. The client is having a lumbar puncture performed. The nurse would plan to place the client in which position for the procedure?
1. Side-lying, with legs pulled up and head bent down onto the chest
2. Side-lying, with a pillow under the hip
3. Prone, in a slight Trendelenburg’s position
4. Prone, with a pillow under the abdomen.
11. A nurse is assisting with caloric testing of the oculovestibular reflex of an unconscious client. Cold water is injected into the left auditory canal. The client exhibits eye conjugate movements toward the left followed by a rapid nystagmus toward the right. The nurse understands that this indicates the client has:
1. A cerebral lesion
2. A temporal lesion
3. An intact brainstem
4. Brain death
12. The nurse is caring for the client with increased intracranial pressure. The nurse would note which of the following trends in vital signs if the ICP is rising?
1. Increasing temperature, increasing pulse, increasing respirations, decreasing blood pressure.
2. Increasing temperature, decreasing pulse, decreasing respirations, increasing blood pressure.
3. Decreasing temperature, decreasing pulse, increasing respirations, decreasing blood pressure.
4. Decreasing temperature, increasing pulse, decreasing respirations, increasing blood pressure.
1. A positive Brudzinski’s sign
2. A negative Kernig’s sign
3. Absence of nuchal rigidity
4. A Glascow Coma Scale score of 15
14. A client is arousing from a coma and keeps saying, “Just stop the pain.” The nurse responds based on the knowledge that the human body typically and automatically responds to pain first with attempts to:
15. During the acute stage of meningitis, a 3-year-old child is restless and irritable. Which of the following would be most appropriate to institute?
1. Limiting conversation with the child
2. Keeping extraneous noise to a minimum
3. Allowing the child to play in the bathtub
4. Performing treatments quickly
1. Hemorrhagic skin rash
4. Dyspnea on exertion
17. When interviewing the parents of a 2-year-old child, a history of which of the following illnesses would lead the nurse to suspect pneumococcal meningitis?
1. Head tilt
5. Increased appetite
6. Increased pulse
19. A lumbar puncture is performed on a child suspected of having bacterial meningitis. CSF is obtained for analysis. A nurse reviews the results of the CSF analysis and determines that which of the following results would verify the diagnosis?
1. Cloudy CSF, decreased protein, and decreased glucose
2. Cloudy CSF, elevated protein, and decreased glucose
3. Clear CSF, elevated protein, and decreased glucose
4. Clear CSF, decreased pressure, and elevated protein
1. No precautions are required as long as antibiotics have been started
2. Maintain enteric precautions
3. Maintain respiratory isolation precautions for at least 24 hours after the initiation of antibiotics
4. Maintain neutropenic precautions
21. A nurse is reviewing the record of a child with increased ICP and notes that the child has exhibited signs of decerebrate posturing. On assessment of the child, the nurse would expect to note which of the following if this type of posturing was present?
1. Abnormal flexion of the upper extremities and extension of the lower extremities
2. Rigid extension and pronation of the arms and legs
3. Rigid pronation of all extremities
4. Flaccid paralysis of all extremities
22. Which of the following assessment data indicated nuchal rigidity?
1. Positive Kernig’s sign
2. Negative Brudzinski’s sign
3. Positive homan’s sign
4. Negative Kernig’s sign
23. Meningitis occurs as an extension of a variety of bacterial infections due to which of the following conditions?
1. Congenital anatomic abnormality of the meninges
2. Lack of acquired resistance to the various etiologic organisms
3. Occlusion or narrowing of the CSF pathway
4. Natural affinity of the CNS to certain pathogens
24. Which of the following pathologic processes is often associated with aseptic meningitis?
1. Ischemic infarction of cerebral tissue
2. Childhood diseases of viral causation such as mumps
3. Brain abscesses caused by a variety of pyogenic organisms
4. Cerebral ventricular irritation from a traumatic brain injury
25. You are preparing to admit a patient with a seizure disorder. Which of the following actions can you delegate to LPN/LVN?
1. Complete admission assessment.
2. Set up oxygen and suction equipment.
3. Place a padded tongue blade at bedside.
4. Pad the side rails before patient arrives.
Answers and Rationale
1. Answer: 2. Intracranial pressure (ICP) is increased
Sudden removal of CSF results in pressures lower in the lumbar area than the brain and favors herniation of the brain; therefore, LP is contraindicated with increased ICP.
- Option A: Vomiting may be caused by reasons other than increased ICP; therefore, LP isn’t strictly contraindicated.
- Option C: An LP may be performed on clients needing mechanical ventilation.
- Option D: Blood in the CSF is diagnostic for subarachnoid hemorrhage and was obtained before signs and symptoms of ICP.
2. Answer: 3. To promote osmotic diuresis to decrease ICP
Mannitol promotes osmotic diuresis by increasing the pressure gradient, drawing fluid from intracellular to intravascular spaces. Although mannitol is used for all the reasons described, the reduction of ICP in this client is a concern.
3. Answer: 1. Urine output increases
Mannitol promotes osmotic diuresis by increasing the pressure gradient in the renal tubes.
- Option B: Fixed and dilated pupils are symptoms of increased ICP or cranial nerve damage.
- Options C and D: No information is given about abnormal BUN and creatinine levels or that mannitol is being given for renal dysfunction or blood pressure maintenance.
4. Answer: 1. 0 to 15 mm Hg
Normal ICP is 0-15 mm Hg.
5. Answer: 1. Ataxia and confusion
A therapeutic phenytoin level is 10 to 20 mg/dl. A level of 32 mg/dl indicates toxicity. Symptoms of toxicity include confusion and ataxia.
6. Answer: 3. Restlessness and confusion
The earliest symptom of elevated ICP is a change in mental status.
- Option A and D: Bradycardia, widened pulse pressure, and bradypnea occur later.
- Option B: The client may void large amounts of very dilute urine if there’s damage to the posterior pituitary.
7. Answer: 4. Temporal
The temporal lobe functions to regulate memory and learning problems because of the integration of the hippocampus.
- Option A: The frontal lobe primarily functions to regulate thinking, planning, and judgment.
- Option B: The occipital lobe functions regulate vision.
- Option C: The parietal lobe primarily functions with sensory function.
8. Answer: 3. Parietal
The parietal lobe regulates sensory function, which would include the ability to sense hot or cold objects.
- Option A: The frontal lobe regulates thinking, planning, and judgment.
- Option B: The occipital lobe is primarily responsible for vision function.
- Option D: The temporal lobe regulates memory.
9. Answer: 4. Nail bed pressure
Motor testing on the unconscious client can be done only by testing response to painful stimuli. Nail Bed pressure tests a basic peripheral response. Cerebral responses to pain are testing using
- Options A, B, and C: Cerebral responses to pain are testing using sternal rub, placing upward pressure on the orbital rim, or squeezing the clavicle or sternocleidomastoid muscle.
10. Answer: 1. Side-lying, with legs pulled up and head bent down onto the chest
The client undergoing lumbar puncture is positioned lying on the side, with the legs pulled up to the abdomen, and with the head bent down onto the chest. This position helps to open the spaces between the vertebrae.
11. Answer: 3. An intact brainstem
Caloric testing provides information about differentiating between cerebellar and brainstem lesions. After determining patency of the ear canal, cold or warm water is injected in the auditory canal. A normal response that indicates intact function of cranial nerves III, IV, and VIII is conjugate eye movements toward the side being irrigated, followed by rapid nystagmus to the opposite side. Absent or disconjugate eye movements indicate brainstem damage.
12. Answer: 2. Increasing temperature, decreasing pulse, decreasing respirations, increasing blood pressure.
A change in vital signs may be a late sign of increased intracranial pressure. Trends include increasing temperature and blood pressure and decreasing pulse and respirations. Respiratory irregularities also may arise.
13. Answer: 1. A positive Brudzinski’s sign
Signs of meningeal irritation compatible with meningitis include nuchal rigidity, positive Brudzinski’s sign, and positive Kernig’s sign. Brudzinski’s sign is positive when the client flexes the hips and knees in response to the nurse gently flexing the head and neck onto the chest.
- Option B: Kernig’s sign is positive when the client feels pain and spasm of the hamstring muscles when the knee and thigh are extended from a flexed-right angle position.
- Option C: Nuchal rigidity is characterized by a stiff neck and soreness, which is especially noticeable when the neck is fixed.
- Option D: A Glasgow Coma Scale of 15 is a perfect score and indicates the client is awake and alert with no neurological deficits.
14. Answer: 3. Escape the source of pain
The client’s innate responses to pain are directed initially toward escaping from the source of pain.
Options A, B, and D: Variations in individuals’ tolerance and perception of pain are apparent only in conscious clients, and only conscious clients are able to employ distraction to help relieve pain.
15. Answer: 2. Keeping extraneous noise to a minimum
A child in the acute stage of meningitis is irritable and hypersensitive to loud noise and light. Therefore, extraneous noise should be minimized and bright lights avoided as much as possible.
- Option A: There is no need to limit conversations with the child. However, the nurse should speak in a calm, gentle, reassuring voice.
- Option C: The child needs gentle and calm bathing. Because of the acuteness of the infection, sponge baths would be more appropriate than tub baths.
- Option D: Although treatments need to be completed as quickly as possible to prevent overstressing the child, any treatments should be performed carefully and at a pace that avoids sudden movements to prevent startling the child and subsequently increasing intracranial pressure.
16. Answer: 1. Hemorrhagic skin rash
DIC is characterized by skin petechiae and a purpuric skin rash caused by spontaneous bleeding into the tissues. An abnormal coagulation phenomenon causes the condition.
17. Answer: 2. Middle ear infection
Organisms that cause bacterial meningitis, such as pneumococci or meningococci, are commonly spread in the body by vascular dissemination from a middle ear infection. The meningitis may also be a direct extension from the paranasal and mastoid sinuses. The causative organism is a pneumococcus. A chronically draining ear is frequently also found.
18. Answer: 1, 2, 4.
19. Answer: 2. Cloudy CSF, elevated protein, and decreased glucose
A diagnosis of meningitis is made by testing CSF obtained by lumbar puncture. In the case of bacterial meningitis, findings usually include an elevated pressure, turbid or cloudy CSF, elevated leukocytes, elevated protein, and decreased glucose levels.
20. Answer: 3. Maintain respiratory isolation precautions for at least 24 hours after the initiation of antibiotics
A major priority of nursing care for a child suspected of having meningitis is to administer the prescribed antibiotic as soon as it is ordered. The child is also placed on respiratory isolation for at least 24 hours while culture results are obtained and the antibiotic is having an effect.
21. Answer: 2. Rigid extension and pronation of the arms and legs
Decerebrate posturing is characterized by the rigid extension and pronation of the arms and legs.
22. Answer: 1. Positive Kernig’s sign
A positive Kernig’s sign indicated nuchal rigidity, caused by an irritative lesion of the subarachnoid space. Brudzinski’s sign is also indicative of the condition.
23. Answer: 2. Lack of acquired resistance to the various etiologic organisms
Extension of a variety of bacterial infections is a major causative factor of meningitis and occurs as a result of a lack of acquired resistance to the etiologic organisms. Preexisting CNS anomalies are factors that contribute to susceptibility.
24. Answer: 2. Childhood diseases of viral causation such as mumps
- Options A and C: Incidences of brain abscess are high in bacterial meningitis, and ischemic infarction of cerebral tissue can occur with tubercular meningitis.
- Option D: Traumatic brain injury could lead to bacterial (not viral) meningitis.
25. Answer: 2. Set up oxygen and suction equipment.
The LPN/LVN can set up the equipment for oxygen and suctioning. Focus: Delegation/supervision.
- Option A: The RN should perform the complete initial assessment.
- Option C: Tongue blades should not be at the bedside and should never be inserted into the patient’s mouth after a seizure begins.
- Option D: Padded side rails are controversial in terms of whether they actually provide safety and ay embarrass the patient and family.
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