Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Hepatitis C Infection


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is hepatitis C infection. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how hepatitis C infection will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a traditional 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

50-year-old man comes to the clinic due to recurrent blisters on the skin of the back of his hand and forearm. He’s also been feeling extremely tired for the past several months and complains of occasional joint pain. The patient in the past is been told to his liver enzymes were elevated however because of insurance application he did not follow up with the physician. He does not use any tobacco alcohol products. The patient has no family history of skin disorders. His temperature is 98.6°F, blood pressure is 140 over 80 mmHg, and pulse is 80/min. Dermatological exam should a small vesicles and erosions on the back of both hands. Prior lesions are apparent that have scarred and demonstrate hyperpigmentation. The remainder of the physical exam is not contributory. The patient’s liver function studies are shown below:

  • Albumin: 3.4 g/dL
  • Total bilirubin: 1.2 mg/dL
  • AST: 68 U/L
  • ALT: 80 U/L
  • ALP: 92 U/L

What is the likely diagnosis of this patient?





Page Updated: 02.09.2017