Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (SBP)


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how SBP 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 75 year old male with abdominal pain comes to the hospital. He has a history of alcoholism, hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, and ascites. He currently is taking spironolactone, furosemide, rifaximin, and lactulose. He had an EGD as part of his workup, however there were no varies. He explains that his abdominal pain started about 2 hours ago. He is in a moderate amount of pain and has some guarding. There is also mild rebound tenderness. He has a fever, elevated white count, and has tachycardia. What diagnosis should be suspected in this patient? 



Page Updated: 03.11.2017