Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is transient ischemic attack (TIA). While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how TIA 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 65 year old right handed man has transient episodes of weakness in his right hand, blurred vision, and difficulty expressing himself. There is not associated headache, the episodes last about 5 or 10 minutes at the most, and they resolve spontaneously. Funduscopic examination reveals highly refractile crystals in the left retinal artery.

Explanation: transient ischemic attacks in the territory of the left carotid artery 


Page Updated: 03.08.2017