Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Focal Segmental Glomerulonephritis (FSGS)


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is focal segmental glomerulonephritis (FSGS). While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how focal segmental glomerulonephritis (FSGS) 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

A 36 year old African American man comes to the clinic after complaint for 2 weeks of abdominal distention. He has an extensive history of heroin usage, however a recent HIV test was negative. His temperature is 98.5°F, blood pressure is 145/80 mm Hg, pulse is 80/min, and respirations are 15/min. His BMI is 39 kg/m². A physical exam reveals the presence of periorbital edema, ascites, and there is also 2+ pitting edema in both legs to the level of the knee. Breath sounds are decreased at the left base. A 24 hour protein collection shows excretion of 7.5 g of protein. What is most likely present on the kidney biopsy? 



Page Updated: 02.22.2017