The Quizzes about Hematology diseases – Part 1 (20 test)

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The Quizzes about Hematology diseases – Part 1 (20 test)
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During the winter months, a 65-year-old man presents with livedo reticularis and purple fingertips. Other symptoms include arthralgia and weakness. Renal impairment is present on laboratory testing. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

The symptoms are typical of cryoglobulinemia. Cryoglobulins are antibodies that precipitate under cold conditions and are associated with several diseases. There are three main types of cryoglobulin syndromes based on the immunoglobulin composition of the precipitating antibody. Most cryoglobulinemic vasculitis is Type II or mixed and seen secondary to hepatitis C virus infection. Cold agglutinin disease would present with hemolytic anemia. The other syndromes would not generally be temperature sensitive.


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1. During the winter months, a 65-year-old man presents with livedo reticularis and purple fingertips. Other symptoms include arthralgia and weakness. Renal impairment is present on laboratory testing. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

(A) cold agglutinin disease

(B) Henoch-Schönlein purpura

(C) antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

(D) cryoglobulinemia

(E) cholesterol embolic disease

2. A 34-year-old woman notices blue toes and a lacey rash on her knees when outside in the winter months. She has chronic hepatitis C virus infection. She has also noticed weakness, joint discomfort, and red spots on her legs. On examination, she has livedo reticularis-type skin on her thighs, and areas of palpable purpura on her toes. She has abnormal proteins detected in her serum. Which of the following is the most likely mechanism for the vessel injury seen in this condition?

(A) breakdown of erythrocytes

(B) medium vessel vasculitis

(C) aggregation of abnormal platelets

(D) temperature-dependent antibodies

(E) cold precipitable proteins

3. A 34-year-old man presents with symptoms of fatigue, weakness, nose bleeds, and palpitations with exertion. On examination he is pale, blood pressure 110/70 mm Hg, pulse 100/min, heart sounds are normal, lungs are clear, and he has multiple petechiae and bruises on his legs. His blood count is abnormal: hemoglobin 8.5 g/dL, white blood cells (WBCs) 4000/mL, platelets 50,000/mL, and there are blast cells in the peripheral blood. He is diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (AML-M3). Which of the following is a characteristic of this acute myelogenous leukemia? (See Fig. 5–1.)

(A) peak incidence in childhood

(B) high leukocyte alkaline phosphatase

(C) Philadelphia chromosome

(D) Auer bodies in blast cells

(E) response to vincristine and prednisone

4. A 62-year-old man reports early satiety, fatigue, and generally feeling unwell. On examination he has a large spleen, appears pale, and the rest of the examination is normal. His blood count is abnormal; the WBC is 50,000/mL with increased mature granulocytes, hemoglobin 9.5 g/dL, and platelets 450,000/mL. Which of the following cytogenetic changes is most characteristic of his condition?

(A) deletion of chromosome 14

(B) reciprocal translocation of 9 and

22 (Philadelphia chromosome)

(C) translocation of the renal artery stenosis (RAS) oncogene

(D) trisomy 21

(E) translocation of 8–14

5. An 18-year-old man is recently diagnosed with beta-thalassemia minor. His hemoglobin is 10.5g/dL, and he feels well. Which of the following findings is characteristic of this condition?

(A) an increased amount of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) or hemoglobin A2 (HbA2)

(B) increased osmotic fragility of the red cells

(C) absent bone marrow iron

(D) increased macroglobulins in the serum

(E) small amounts of HbS

6. A patient with aplastic anemia receives a bone marrow transplant from a human lymphocyte antigen (HLA)-matched sister. Which of the following is the most likely complication of allogenic bone marrow transplantation?

(A) graft-versus-host disease

(B) graft failure

(C) radiation sickness

(D) development of leukemia

(E) secondary skin cancer

7. A 19-year-old man has had recurrent bleeding occur in his knee when playing contact sports. He has no history of spontaneous bleeding, but his brother had similar problems. Consultation with a specialist reveals that he has “mild” hemophilia A. Which of the following factor abnormalities is consistent with this diagnosis?

(A) abnormal factor VIII function

(B) decreased levels of functional factor VIII

(C) decreased factor IX level

(D) decreased von Willebrand factor

(E) decreased factor IX level

8. A 63-year-old man presents with headaches, itching, and feeling unwell. He appears plethoric, and the remaining examination is normal. On laboratory investigations, he is found to have elevated hemoglobin of 20.5 g/dL, normal WBC, and normal platelet count. There is no palpable spleen or lymph nodes. (SELECT ONE)

(A) hyperthyroidism

(B) rectal cancer

(C) infectious mononucleosis

(D) acute myelogenous leukemia

(E) renal cell carcinoma (hypernephroma)

(F) acute lymphocytic leukemia

9. A 19-year-old college student develops a severe sore throat, cervical lymphadenopathy, and atypical lymphocytes on blood film. A heterophil antibody test is positive. (SELECT ONE)

(A) hyperthyroidism

(B) rectal cancer

(C) infectious mononucleosis

(D) acute myelogenous leukemia

(E) renal cell carcinoma (hypernephroma)

(F) acute lymphocytic leukemia

15. A 7-year-old boy has severe microcytic anemia due to beta-thalassemia major (homozygous). He requires frequent blood transfusions (once every 6 weeks) to prevent the skeletal and developmental complications of thalassemia. Which of the following medications is also indicated in the treatment of patients requiring frequent blood transfusions?

(A) oral calcium supplements

(B) fresh frozen plasma

(C) desferrioxamine

(D) penicillamine

(E) cryoprecipitate

16. A 45-year-old woman develops symptoms of shortness of breath on exertion, easy fatigue, and jaundice. On examination she is pale, and there is a palpable spleen, but no lymphadenopathy. Her hemoglobin is 9.0 g/dL, the reticulocyte count 9%, and the direct antibody test (Coombs’) is positive. Which of the following bone marrow findings is most likely to be seen in this patient?

(A) megaloblastic changes

(B) giant metamyelocytes

(C) increased erythroid-to-myeloid ratio

(D) increased lymphocytes

(E) shift to left of the myeloid series

17. A 23-year-old woman of Italian extraction is found to have a hypochromic microcytic anemia of 10 g/dL. In addition, there is a fair degree of anisocytosis, poikilocytosis, and targeting on the blood film. The WBC is 9500/mL, the platelet count is 240,000/mL, and the reticulocyte count is 7%. The spleen is palpated 5 cm below the left costal margin. Which of the following is the most appropriate treatment for her condition?

(A) splenectomy

(B) removal of the abnormal Hb pigment

(C) purely supportive

(D) plasmapheresis

(E) intramuscular iron

18. A 67-year-old man is complaining of fatigue. A routine complete blood count (CBC) reveals a platelet count of 850,000/mL, and the hemoglobin and WBC counts are normal. He reports no other symptoms, and his clinical examination is normal. Which of the following characteristics is most likely to be helpful in differentiating essential (primary) from reactive (secondary) thrombocytosis?

(A) increased megakaryocyte number

(B) increased total platelet mass

(C) increased platelet turnover

(D) normal platelet survival

(E) thromboembolism and hemorrhage

19. A 19-year-old man is found to have a decreased eosinophil count. Which of the following is the most likely cause?

(A) asthma

(B) contact dermatitis

(C) yeast infection

(D) mycobacterial infection

(E) prednisone administration

20. A 68-year-old man with aplastic anemia is due for another blood transfusion. He has had multiple blood transfusions in the past, but with the last transfusion, he developed fever and chills after the transfusion was started. Repeat cross-matching and testing at the time ruled out an acute hemolytic transfusion reaction. The next transfusion is ordered through a “filter” to prevent or minimize the febrile reaction. Which of the following mechanisms is most likely to explain the effect of the filter?

(A) reducing bacterial transmission

(B) reducing viral transmission

(C) reducing parasite transmission

(D) reducing leukocyte transfusion

(E) reducing reticulocyte transfusion

21. A 19-year-old man is found to have low hemoglobin on routine screening. He feels well at the present time, but in the past he has had two presentations to the hospital for severe abdominal and back pain that resolved on its own with no specific diagnosis. His blood film is shown in Fig. 5–2; the hemoglobin is 10 mg/dL, mean corpuscular volume (MCV) 80 fL, and reticulocyte count 0.04 (4%). Which of the following is the most likely explanation for his previous episodes of abdominal pain? (See Fig. 5–2.)

(A) aplastic crisis

(B) sequestration crisis

(C) vaso-occlusive crisis

(D) hemolytic crisis

(E) adrenal crisis

22. A 23-year-old woman has symptoms of fatigue and not feeling well. She appears well and the physical examination is normal, but her hemoglobin is low at 9.8 g/dL with a mean corpuscular volume (MVC) of 76 fL. Her family history is positive for thalassemia. She also mentions a history of heavy menses in the past year. Which of the following would be most helpful in distinguishing thalassemia from one of pure iron deficiency anemia?

(A) peripheral blood smear

(B) osmotic fragility test

(C) Ham’s test

(D) Hb electrophoresis on paper

(E) serum ferritin determination

23. A 21-year-old woman is suspected of having mycoplasma pneumonia based on symptoms of a dry cough, fever, normal lung examination but abnormal chest x-ray with bilateral infiltrates. She is also anemic with hemoglobin of 10.5 g/dL, reticulocyte count 7%, and WBC 12,000/mL. Hemolytic anemia from cold agglutinins is suspected as the cause. Which of the following tests will confirm autoimmune causation as the cause of the anemia? (A) positive antinuclear antibody (ANA)

(B) positive rheumatoid factor

(C) polyclonal gammopathy

(D) presence of Heinz bodies

(E) positive Coombs’ test

24. A 59-year-old man presents to the emergency room with left face and arm weakness that lasts for 3 hours. He reports no other symptoms of palpitations, chest pain, or headache. Neurologic examination is now normal. A computerized tomography (CT) head, electrocardiogram (ECG), and laboratory workup are normal. He is started on clopidogrel, and referred for further evaluation as an outpatient. Which of the following is the most likely mechanism of action on platelet function from this medication?

(A) cyclooxygenase-1 inhibition

(B) modulation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels

(C) adenosine diphosphate (ADP) receptor blockade

(D) GPIIB-IIIA blocker

(E) cyclooxygenase-2 inhibition

25. A 23-year-old woman has symptoms of leg swelling and discomfort, but no chest pain or shortness of breath. She has no risk factors for a blood clot. On examination, the left leg is swollen when compared to the right. Leg Doppler ultrasound is positive for deep vein thrombosis, and further investigations reveal decreased plasma antithrombin III (AT-III) levels. Which of the following is the most likely clinical effect from the low AT-III levels?

(A) aspirin sensitivity

(B) heparin resistance

(C) warfarin (Coumadin) resistance

(D) platelet dysfunction

(E) disseminated intravascular coagulation

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