Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Osteosarcoma


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is osteosarcoma. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how osteosarcoma 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 16 year old boy comes the the clinic with right knee pain and swelling. He has had these symptoms for the past 4 months and they have steadily been getting ores. He does not have any fever, weight loss, or night sweats. He participates in weight lifting and plays football 6 days a week. He has tried taking both acetaminophen and ibuprofen but has this has not relieved his symptoms. A physical exam reveals the presence of a tender mass at the right proximal tibia and the patients range of motion is normal. Lab studies are conducted and reveal elevated alkaline phsophotase, ESR, and LDH. An X-ray of the right knee is shown below:


What diagnosis would explain this presentation?


Page Updated: 11.22.2016