Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Hyperemesis Gravidarum


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is hyperemesis gravidarum. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how hyperemesis gravidarum 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 30 year old primigravida woman is admitted to the hospital at 11 weeks gestation. Her temperature is 98.7°F, pulse is 98/min, and respirations are 14/min. Her arterial blood gases are listed below:

  • pH: 7.50
  • paCO2: 55 mm Hg
  • Bicarbonate: 45 mEq/L

What is the most likely cause of this patient’s gas values?


Page Updated: 10.09.2016