This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is coarctation of the aorta. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how coarctation of the aorta 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 18 year old male is found to have a blood pressure of 190/115 mm Hg. This is checked repeatedly in both arms and it is always found to be elevated, but when checked in the legs it is found to be 120/75 mm Hg.
Explanation: elevated blood pressure in arms and not legs = coarctation of the aorta
Page Updated: 03.08.2017