Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Shigellosis


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is Shigellosis. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how Shigellosis 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 month old girl is broth to the hospital because since last morning she has had abdominal pain, loos stools, and a temperature of 101°F. Her parents comment that today she had two more loose stools that were bloody, which prompted them to come into the emergency room. Before their arrival she had a generalized tonic clinic seizure as well. A physical exam shows an alate and oriented patient. Currently the child’s temperature is 103.3°F. There is nuchal rigidity, and there is a slight decrease in skin turgor. What is a possible diagnosis?

Explanation: fever + bloody diarrhea = Shigellosis (other causes also possible)


Page Updated: 11.06.2016