PRACTICE TEST FOR PROMETRIC,MOH,HAAD,DHA,NCLEX &ESIC
1. A patient is admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of primary
hyperparathyroidism. A nurse checking the patient's lab results would
expect which of the following changes in laboratory findings?
A. Elevated serum calcium. B. Low serum parathyroid hormone (PTH). C. Elevated serum vitamin D. D. Low urine calcium.
2. A patient with Addison's disease asks a nurse for nutrition and diet
advice. Which of the following diet modifications is NOT recommended?
A. A diet high in grains. B. A diet with adequate caloric intake. C. A high protein diet. D. A restricted sodium diet.
3. A patient with a history of diabetes mellitus is in the second
post-operative day following cholecystectomy. She has complained of
nausea and isn't able to eat solid foods. The nurse enters the room to
find the patient confused and shaky. Which of the following is the most
likely explanation for the patient's symptoms?
A. Anesthesia reaction. B. Hyperglycemia. C. Hypoglycemia. D. Diabetic ketoacidosis.
4. A nurse assigned to the emergency department evaluates a patient who
underwent fiberoptic colonoscopy 18 hours previously. The patient
reports increasing abdominal pain, fever, and chills. Which of the
following conditions poses the most immediate concern?
A. Bowel perforation. B. Viral gastroenteritis. C. Colon cancer. D. Diverticulitis.
5. A patient is admitted to the same day surgery unit for liver biopsy.
Which of the following laboratory tests assesses coagulation?
A. Partial thromboplastin time. B. Prothrombin time. C. Platelet count. D. Hemoglobin
6. A nurse is assessing a clinic patient with a diagnosis of hepatitis
A. Which of the following is the most likely route of transmission? A. Sexual contact with an infected partner. B. Contaminated food. C. Blood transfusion. D. Illegal drug use.
7. A leukemia patient has a relative who wants to donate blood for
transfusion. Which of the following donor medical conditions would
A. A history of hepatitis C five years previously. B. Cholecystitis requiring cholecystectomy one year previously. C. Asymptomatic diverticulosis. D. Crohn's disease in remission.
8. A physician has diagnosed acute gastritis in a clinic patient. Which
of the following medications would be contraindicated for this patient?
A. Naproxen sodium (Naprosyn). B. Calcium carbonate. C. Clarithromycin (Biaxin). D. Furosemide (Lasix).
9. The nurse is conducting nutrition counseling for a patient with
cholecystitis. Which of the following information is important to
A. The patient must maintain a low calorie diet. B. The patient must maintain a high protein/low carbohydrate diet. C. The patient should limit sweets and sugary drinks. D. The patient should limit fatty foods.
10. A patient admitted to the hospital with myocardial infarction
develops severe pulmonary edema. Which of the following symptoms should
the nurse expect the patient to exhibit?
A. Slow, deep respirations. B. Stridor. C. Bradycardia. D. Air hunger.
11. A nurse caring for several patients on the cardiac unit is told
that one is scheduled for implantation of an automatic internal
cardioverter-defibrillator. Which of the following patients is most
likely to have this procedure?
A. A patient admitted for myocardial infarction without cardiac muscle damage. B. A post-operative coronary bypass patient, recovering on schedule. C. A patient with a history of ventricular tachycardia and syncopal episodes. D. A patient with a history of atrial tachycardia and fatigue.
12. A patient is scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
for suspected lung cancer. Which of the following is a contraindication
to the study for this patient?
A. The patient is allergic to shellfish. B. The patient has a pacemaker. C. The patient suffers from claustrophobia. D. The patient takes anti-psychotic medication.
13. A nurse calls a physician with the concern that a patient has
developed a pulmonary embolism. Which of the following symptoms has the
nurse most likely observed?
A. The patient is somnolent with decreased response to the family. B. The patient suddenly complains of chest pain and shortness of breath. C. The patient has developed a wet cough and the nurse hears crackles on auscultation of the lungs. D. The patient has a fever, chills, and loss of appetite.
14. A patient comes to the emergency department with abdominal pain.
Work-up reveals the presence of a rapidly enlarging abdominal aortic
aneurysm. Which of the following actions should the nurse expect?
A. The patient will be admitted to the medicine unit for observation and medication. B. The patient will be admitted to the day surgery unit for sclerotherapy. C. The patient will be admitted to the surgical unit and resection will be scheduled. D. The patient will be discharged home to follow-up with his cardiologist in 24 hours.
15. A patient with leukemia is receiving chemotherapy that is known to
depress bone marrow. A CBC (complete blood count) reveals a platelet
count of 25,000/microliter. Which of the following actions related
specifically to the platelet count should be included on the nursing
A. Monitor for fever every 4 hours. B. Require visitors to wear respiratory masks and protective clothing. C. Consider transfusion of packed red blood cells. D. Check for signs of bleeding, including examination of urine and stool for blood.
16. A nurse in the emergency department is observing a 4-year-old child
for signs of increased intracranial pressure after a fall from a
bicycle, resulting in head trauma. Which of the following signs or
symptoms would be cause for concern?
A. Bulging anterior fontanel. B. Repeated vomiting. C. Signs of sleepiness at 10 PM. D. Inability to read short words from a distance of 18 inches.
17. A nonimmunized child appears at the clinic with a visible rash.
Which of the following observations indicates the child may have rubeola
A. Small blue-white spots are visible on the oral mucosa. B. The rash begins on the trunk and spreads outward. C. There is low-grade fever. D. The lesions have a "tear drop on a rose petal" appearance.
18. A child is seen in the emergency department for scarlet fever.
Which of the following descriptions of scarlet fever is NOT correct?
A. Scarlet fever is caused by infection with group A Streptococcus bacteria. B. "Strawberry tongue" is a characteristic sign. C. Petechiae occur on the soft palate. D. The pharynx is red and swollen.
19. A child weighing 30 kg arrives at the clinic with diffuse itching
as the result of an allergic reaction to an insect bite. Diphenhydramine
(Benadryl) 25 mg 3 times a day is prescribed. The correct pediatric
dose is 5 mg/kg/day. Which of the following best describes the
prescribed drug dose?
A. It is the correct dose. B. The dose is too low. C. The dose is too high. D. The dose should be increased or decreased, depending on the symptoms.
20. The mother of a 2-month-old infant brings the child to the clinic
for a well baby check. She is concerned because she feels only one
testis in the scrotal sac. Which of the following statements about the
undescended testis is the most accurate?
A. Normally, the testes are descended by birth. B. The infant will likely require surgical intervention. C. The infant probably has with only one testis. D. Normally, the testes descend by one year of age.
21. A child is admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of Wilm's
tumor, stage II. Which of the following statements most accurately
describes this stage?
A. The tumor is less than 3 cm. in size and requires no chemotherapy. B. The tumor did not extend beyond the kidney and was completely resected. C. The tumor extended beyond the kidney but was completely resected. D. The tumor has spread into the abdominal cavity and cannot be resected.
22. A teen patient is admitted to the hospital by his physician who
suspects a diagnosis of acute glomerulonephritis. Which of the following
findings is consistent with this diagnosis? Note: More than one answer
may be correct.
A. Urine specific gravity of 1.040. B. Urine output of 350 ml in 24 hours. C. Brown ("tea-colored") urine. D. Generalized edema.
23. Which of the following conditions most commonly causes acute glomerulonephritis?
A. A congenital condition leading to renal dysfunction. B. Prior infection with group A Streptococcus within the past 10-14 days. C. Viral infection of the glomeruli. D. Nephrotic syndrome.
24. An infant with hydrocele is seen in the clinic for a follow-up
visit at 1 month of age. The scrotum is smaller than it was at birth,
but fluid is still visible on illumination. Which of the following
actions is the physician likely to recommend?
A. Massaging the groin area twice a day until the fluid is gone. B. Referral to a surgeon for repair. C. No treatment is necessary; the fluid is reabsorbing normally. D. Keeping the infant in a flat, supine position until the fluid is gone.
25. A nurse is caring for a patient with peripheral vascular disease
(PVD). The patient complains of burning and tingling of the hands and
feet and cannot tolerate touch of any kind. Which of the following is
the most likely explanation for these symptoms?
A. Inadequate tissue perfusion leading to nerve damage. B. Fluid overload leading to compression of nerve tissue. C. Sensation distortion due to psychiatric disturbance. D. Inflammation of the skin on the hands and feet.
26. A patient in the cardiac unit is concerned about the risk factors
associated with atherosclerosis. Which of the following are hereditary
risk factors for developing atherosclerosis?
A. Family history of heart disease. B. Overweight. C. Smoking. D. Age.
27. Claudication is a well-known effect of peripheral vascular disease.
Which of the following facts about claudication is correct?
A. It results when oxygen demand is greater than oxygen supply. B. It is characterized by pain that often occurs duing rest. C. It is a result of tissue hypoxia. D. It is characterized by cramping and weakness.
28. A nurse is providing discharge information to a patient with
peripheral vascular disease. Which of the following information should
be included in instructions?
A. Walk barefoot whenever possible. B. Use a heating pad to keep feet warm. C. Avoid crossing the legs. D. Use antibacterial ointment to treat skin lesions at risk of infection.
29. A patient who has been diagnosed with vasospastic disorder
(Raynaud's disease) complains of cold and stiffness in the fingers.
Which of the following descriptions is most likely to fit the patient?
A. An adolescent male. B. An elderly woman. C. A young woman. D. An elderly man.
30. A 23 year old patient in the 27th week of pregnancy has been
hospitalized on complete bed rest for 6 days. She experiences sudden
shortness of breath, accompanied by chest pain. Which of the following
conditions is the most likely cause of her symptoms?
A. Myocardial infarction due to a history of atherosclerosis. B. Pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). C. Anxiety attack due to worries about her baby's health. D. Congestive heart failure due to fluid overload.
31. Thrombolytic therapy is frequently used in the treatment of
suspected stroke. Which of the following is a significant complication
associated with thrombolytic therapy?
A. Air embolus. B. Cerebral hemorrhage. C. Expansion of the clot. D. Resolution of the clot.
32. An infant is brought to the clinic by his mother, who has noticed
that he holds his head in an unusual position and always faces to one
side. Which of the following is the most likely explanation?
A. Torticollis, with shortening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. B. Craniosynostosis, with premature closure of the cranial sutures. C. Plagiocephaly, with flattening of one side of the head. D. Hydrocephalus, with increased head size.
33. An adolescent brings a physician's note to school stating that he
is not to participate in sports due to a diagnosis of Osgood-Schlatter
disease. Which of the following statements about the disease is correct?
A. The condition was caused by the student's competitive swimming schedule. B. The student will most likely require surgical intervention. C. The student experiences pain in the inferior aspect of the knee. D. The student is trying to avoid participation in physical education.
34. The clinic nurse asks a 13-year-old female to bend forward at the
waist with arms hanging freely. Which of the following assessments is
the nurse most likely conducting?
A. Spinal flexibility. B. Leg length disparity. C. Hypostatic blood pressure. D. Scoliosis.
35. A clinic nurse interviews a parent who is suspected of abusing her
child. Which of the following characteristics is the nurse LEAST likely
to find in an abusing parent?
A. Low self-esteem. B. Unemployment. C. Self-blame for the injury to the child. D. Single status.
36. A nurse is assigned to the pediatric rheumatology clinic and is
assessing a child who has just been diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic
arthritis. Which of the following statements about the disease is most
A. The child has a poor chance of recovery without joint deformity. B. Most children progress to adult rheumatoid arthritis. C. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the first choice in treatment. D. Physical activity should be minimized.
37. A child is admitted to the hospital several days after stepping on a
sharp object that punctured her athletic shoe and entered the flesh of
her foot. The physician is concerned about osteomyelitis and has ordered
parenteral antibiotics. Which of the following actions is done
immediately before the antibiotic is started?
A. The admission orders are written. B. A blood culture is drawn. C. A complete blood count with differential is drawn. D. The parents arrive.
38. A two-year-old child has sustained an injury to the leg and refuses
to walk. The nurse in the emergency department documents swelling of
the lower affected leg. Which of the following does the nurse suspect is
the cause of the child's symptoms?
A. Possible fracture of the tibia. B. Bruising of the gastrocnemius muscle. C. Possible fracture of the radius. D. No anatomic injury, the child wants his mother to carry him.
39. A toddler has recently been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Which of
the following information should the nurse provide to the parents?
Note: More than one answer may be correct.
A. Regular developmental screening is important to avoid secondary developmental delays.
B. Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to the upper motor neurons and
results in motor dysfunction, as well as possible ocular and speech
difficulties. C. Developmental milestones may be slightly delayed but usually will require no additional intervention. D. Parent support groups are helpful for sharing strategies and managing health care issues.
40. A child has recently been diagnosed with Duchenne's muscular
dystrophy. The parents are receiving genetic counseling prior to
planning another pregnancy. Which of the following statements includes
the most accurate information?
A. Duchenne's is an X-linked
recessive disorder, so daughters have a 50% chance of being carriers and
sons a 50% chance of developing the disease. B. Duchenne's is an X-linked recessive disorder, so both daughters and sons have a 50% chance of developing the disease. C. Each child has a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of developing the disorder. D. Sons only have a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of developing the disorder. Answers and Rationale
1. Answer: A
The parathyroid glands regulate the calcium level in the blood. In
hyperparathyroidism, the serum calcium level will be elevated.
Parathyroid hormone levels may be high or normal but not low. The body
will lower the level of vitamin D in an attempt to lower calcium. Urine
calcium may be elevated, with calcium spilling over from elevated serum
levels. This may cause renal stones.
2. Answer: D
patient with Addison's disease requires normal dietary sodium to prevent
excess fluid loss. Adequate caloric intake is recommended with a diet
high in protein and complex carbohydrates, including grains.
3. Answer: C
A post-operative diabetic patient who is unable to eat is likely to be
suffering from hypoglycemia. Confusion and shakiness are common
symptoms. An anesthesia reaction would not occur on the second
post-operative day. Hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis do not cause
confusion and shakiness.
4. Answer: A
perforation is the most serious complication of fiberoptic colonoscopy.
Important signs include progressive abdominal pain, fever, chills, and
tachycardia, which indicate advancing peritonitis. Viral gastroenteritis
and colon cancer do not cause these symptoms. Diverticulitis may cause
pain, fever, and chills, but is far less serious than perforation and
5. Answer: A, B, and C
partial thromboplastin time, and platelet count are all included in
coagulation studies. The hemoglobin level, though important information
prior to an invasive procedure like liver biopsy, does not assess
6. Answer: B
Hepatitis A is the only type
that is transmitted by the fecal-oral route through contaminated food.
Hepatitis B, C, and D are transmitted through infected bodily fluids.
7. Answer: A
Hepatitis C is a viral infection transmitted through bodily fluids,
such as blood, causing inflammation of the liver. Patients with
hepatitis C may not donate blood for transfusion due to the high risk of
infection in the recipient. Cholecystitis (gall bladder disease),
diverticulosis, and history of Crohn's disease do not preclude blood
8. Answer: A
Naproxen sodium is a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that can cause inflammation of the
upper GI tract. For this reason, it is contraindicated in a patient with
gastritis. Calcium carbonate is used as an antacid for the relief of
indigestion and is not contraindicated. Clarithromycin is an
antibacterial often used for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori in
gastritis. Furosemide is a loop diuretic and is contraindicated in a
patient with gastritis.
9. Answer: D
inflammation of the gallbladder, is most commonly caused by the presence
of gallstones, which may block bile (necessary for fat absorption) from
entering the intestines. Patients should decrease dietary fat by
limiting foods like fatty meats, fried foods, and creamy desserts to
avoid irritation of the gallbladder.
10. Answer: D
Patients with pulmonary edema experience air hunger, anxiety, and
agitation. Respiration is fast and shallow and heart rate increases.
Stridor is noisy breathing caused by laryngeal swelling or spasm and is
not associated with pulmonary edema.
11. Answer: C
automatic internal cardioverter-defibrillator delivers an electric shock
to the heart to terminate episodes of ventricular tachycardia and
ventricular fibrillation. This is necessary in a patient with
significant ventricular symptoms, such as tachycardia resulting in
syncope. A patient with myocardial infarction that resolved with no
permanent cardiac damage would not be a candidate. A patient recovering
well from coronary bypass would not need the device. Atrial tachycardia
is less serious and is treated conservatively with medication and
cardioversion as a last resort.
12. Answer: B
implanted pacemaker will interfere with the magnetic fields of the MRI
scanner and may be deactivated by them. Shellfish/iodine allergy is not a
contraindication because the contrast used in MRI scanning is not
iodine-based. Open MRI scanners and anti-anxiety medications are
available for patients with claustrophobia. Psychiatric medication is
not a contraindication to MRI scanning.
13. Answer: B
Typical symptoms of pulmonary embolism include chest pain, shortness of
breath, and severe anxiety. The physician should be notified
immediately. A patient with pulmonary embolism will not be sleepy or
have a cough with crackles on exam. A patient with fever, chills and
loss of appetite may be developing pneumonia.
14. Answer: C
A rapidly enlarging abdominal aortic aneurysm is at significant risk of
rupture and should be resected as soon as possible. No other
appropriate treatment options currently exist.
15. Answer: D
A platelet count of 25,000/microliter is severely thrombocytopenic and
should prompt the initiation of bleeding precautions, including
monitoring urine and stool for evidence of bleeding. Monitoring for
fever and requiring protective clothing are indicated to prevent
infection if white blood cells are decreased. Transfusion of red cells
is indicated for severe anemia.
16. Answer: B
Increased pressure caused by bleeding or swelling within the skull can
damage delicate brain tissue and may become life threatening. Repeated
vomiting can be an early sign of pressure as the vomit center within the
medulla is stimulated. The anterior fontanel is closed in a 4-year-old
child. Evidence of sleepiness at 10 PM is normal for a four year old.
The average 4-year-old child cannot read yet, so this too is normal.
17. Answer: A
Koplik's spots are small blue-white spots visible on the oral mucosa
and are characteristic of measles infection. The body rash typically
begins on the face and travels downward. High fever is often present.
"Tear drop on a rose petal" refers to the lesions found in varicella
18. Answer: C
Petechiae on the soft
palate are characteristic of rubella infection. Choices A, B, and D are
characteristic of scarlet fever, a result of group A Streptococcus
19. Answer: B
This child weighs 30 kg, and
the pediatric dose of diphenhydramine is 5 mg/kg/day (5 X 30 = 150/day).
Therefore, the correct dose is 150 mg/day. Divided into 3 doses per
day, the child should receive 50 mg 3 times a day rather than 25 mg 3
times a day. Dosage should not be titrated based on symptoms without
consulting a physician.
20. Answer: D
testes descend by one year of age. In young infants, it is common for
the testes to retract into the inguinal canal when the environment is
cold or the cremasteric reflex is stimulated. Exam should be done in a
warm room with warm hands. It is most likely that both testes are
present and will descend by a year. If not, a full assessment will
determine the appropriate treatment.
21. Answer: C
The staging of Wilm's tumor is confirmed at surgery as follows: Stage I,
the tumor is limited to the kidney and completely resected; stage II,
the tumor extends beyond the kidney but is completely resected; stage
III, residual nonhematogenous tumor is confined to the abdomen; stage
IV, hematogenous metastasis has occurred with spread beyond the abdomen;
and stage V, bilateral renal involvement is present at diagnosis.
22. Answer: A, B, and C
Acute glomerulonephritis is characterized by high urine specific
gravity related to oliguria as well as dark "tea colored" urine caused
by large amounts of red blood cells. There is periorbital edema, but
generalized edema is seen in nephrotic syndrome, not acute
23. Answer: B
glomerulonephritis is most commonly caused by the immune response to a
prior upper respiratory infection with group A Streptococcus. Glomerular
inflammation occurs about 10-14 days after the infection, resulting in
scant, dark urine and retention of body fluid. Periorbital edema and
hypertension are common signs at diagnosis.
24. Answer: C
A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum that results from a
patent tunica vaginalis. Illumination of the scrotum with a pocket
light demonstrates the clear fluid. In most cases the fluid reabsorbs
within the first few months of life and no treatment is necessary.
Massaging the area or placing the infant in a supine position would have
no effect. Surgery is not indicated.
25. Answer: A
Patients with peripheral vascular disease often sustain nerve damage as a
result of inadequate tissue perfusion. Fluid overload is not
characteristic of PVD. There is nothing to indicate psychiatric
disturbance in the patient. Skin changes in PVD are secondary to
decreased tissue perfusion rather than primary inflammation.
26. Answer: A
Family history of heart disease is an inherited risk factor that is not
subject to life style change. Having a first degree relative with heart
disease has been shown to significantly increase risk. Overweight and
smoking are risk factors that are subject to life style change and can
reduce risk significantly. Advancing age increases risk of
atherosclerosis but is not a hereditary factor.
27. Answer: A, C, and D
Claudication describes the pain experienced by a patient with
peripheral vascular disease when oxygen demand in the leg muscles
exceeds the oxygen supply. This most often occurs during activity when
demand increases in muscle tissue. The tissue becomes hypoxic, causing
cramping, weakness, and discomfort.
28. Answer: C
Patients with peripheral vascular disease should avoid crossing the legs
because this can impede blood flow. Walking barefoot is not advised, as
foot protection is important to avoid trauma that may lead to serious
infection. Heating pads can cause injury, which can also increase the
risk of infection. Skin lesions at risk for infection should be examined
and treated by a physician.
29. Answer: C
disease is most common in young women and is frequently associated with
rheumatologic disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
30. Answer: B
In a hospitalized patient on prolonged bed rest, he most likely cause
of sudden onset shortness of breath and chest pain is pulmonary
embolism. Pregnancy and prolonged inactivity both increase the risk of
clot formation in the deep veins of the legs. These clots can then break
loose and travel to the lungs. Myocardial infarction and
atherosclerosis are unlikely in a 27-year-old woman, as is congestive
heart failure due to fluid overload. There is no reason to suspect an
anxiety disorder in this patient. Though anxiety is a possible cause of
her symptoms, the seriousness of pulmonary embolism demands that it be
31. Answer: B
Cerebral hemorrhage is
a significant risk when treating a stroke victim with thrombolytic
therapy intended to dissolve a suspected clot. Success of the treatment
demands that it be instituted as soon as possible, often before the
cause of stroke has been determined. Air embolus is not a concern.
Thrombolytic therapy does not lead to expansion of the clot, but to
resolution, which is the intended effect.
32. Answer: A
In torticollis, the sternocleidomastoid muscle is contracted, limiting
range of motion of the neck and causing the chin to point to the
opposing side. In craniosynostosis one of the cranial sutures, often the
sagittal, closes prematurely, causing the head to grow in an abnormal
shape. Plagiocephaly refers to the flattening of one side of the head,
caused by the infant being placed supine in the same position over time.
Hydrocephalus is caused by a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the
brain resulting in large head size.
33. Answer: C
Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs in adolescents in rapid growth phase
when the infrapatellar ligament of the quadriceps muscle pulls on the
tibial tubercle, causing pain and swelling in the inferior aspect of the
knee. Osgood-Schlatter disease is commonly caused by activities that
require repeated use of the quadriceps, including track and soccer.
Swimming is not a likely cause. The condition is usually self-limited,
responding to ice, rest, and analgesics. Continued participation will
worsen the condition and the symptoms.
34. Answer: D
check for scoliosis, a lateral deviation of the spine, is an important
part of the routine adolescent exam. It is assessed by having the teen
bend at the waist with arms dangling, while observing for lateral
curvature and uneven rib level. Scoliosis is more common in female
adolescents. Choices A, B, and C are not part of the routine adolescent
35. Answer: C
The profile of a parent at risk of
abusive behavior includes a tendency to blame the child or others for
the injury sustained. These parents also have a high incidence of low
self-esteem, unemployment, unstable financial situation, and single
36. Answer: 3
drugs are important first line treatment for juvenile idiopathic
arthritis (formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). NSAIDs
require 3-4 weeks for the therapeutic anti-inflammatory effects to be
realized. Half of children with the disorder recover without joint
deformity, and about a third will continue with symptoms into adulthood.
Physical activity is an integral part of therapy.
37. Answer: B
Antibiotics must be started after the blood culture is drawn, as they
may interfere with the identification of the causative organism. The
blood count will reveal the presence of infection but does not help
identify an organism or guide antibiotic treatment. Parental presence is
important for the adjustment of the child but not for the
administration of medication.
38. Answer: A
child's refusal to walk, combined with swelling of the limb is
suspicious for fracture. Toddlers will often continue to walk on a
muscle that is bruised or strained. The radius is found in the lower arm
and is not relevant to this question. Toddlers rarely feign injury to
be carried, and swelling indicates a physical injury.
39. Answer: A, B, D
Delayed developmental milestones are characteristic of cerebral palsy,
so regular screening and intervention is essential. Because of injury to
upper motor neurons, children may have ocular and speech difficulties.
Parent support groups help families to share and cope. Physical therapy
and other interventions can minimize the extent of the delay in
40. Answer: A
Duchenne's gene is located on one of the two X chromosomes of a female
carrier. If her son receives the X bearing the gene he will be affected.
Thus, there is a 50% chance of a son being affected. Daughters are not
affected, but 50% are carriers because they inherit one copy of the
defective gene from the mother. The other X chromosome comes from the
father, who cannot be a carrier.