Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Hereditary Angioedema


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is hereditary angioedema. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how hereditary angioedema 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 is brought to the hospital because he suddenly developed difficulty breathing about an hour ago. He also complains of nausea, abodminla pain, and swelling in his face. He has suffered from bronchitis for the past week, although he explains that his condition has been improving. His mother explains that a similar event had occurred about 3 years a go when he had a tooth extracted at the dentist. The patient’s temperature is 98.7°F, blood pressure is 125/85 mm Hg, pulse is 72/min, and respiration’s are 18/min. A physical exam reveals edematous swelling of the face, lips, hands, arms, legs, and genitals. There is no rash apparent. What condition may this patient have?


Page Updated: 11.25.2016