Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Acute Dystonia


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is acute dystonia. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how acute dystonia will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 28-year-old woman comes to the emergency department with complaints of severe “stiffness and twisting” of her neck and jaw. The patient is very uncomfortable and can not control her symptoms at all. She has never experienced anything like this. Her current medications include lithium and trifluophenazine. Physical exam reveals that the patient’s jaw and neck are tense and twisted. What is this patient likely suffering from?

Explanation: side effect of antipsychotic (Trifluophenazine) = acute dystonia


Page Updated: 09.20.2016