Free Gastroenterology Sample Questions

Free Gastroenterology Sample Questions

Are the thoughts of the 2016 ABIM Gastroenterology Board Exam making your stomach churn? Relax! Below are the seven areas you’ll need to gain proficiency in before test day.

  • Liver 25%
  • Colon 18%
  • Stomach and Duodenum 15%
  • Esophagus 11%
  • Pancreas 11%
  • Biliary tract 10%
  • Small intestines 10%

What’s the best way to ensure you’re ready? Many Gastroenterologists favor question banks as a resource to practice for the exam.

Quiz yourself with these two questions taken from the BoardVitals Gastroenterology Board Review Question Bank.

Question 1
What is the most clinically expeditious method to differentiate hypergastrinemia due to gastrinoma from gastrin elevation due to PPI therapy?

A.) Basal and maximal acid output

B.) Secretin stimulation

C.) Gastric pH

D.) Serum chromogranin A

Answer:

C.) Gastric pH

Explanation

(c) Gastric pH. pH testing of gastric secretions is the most expeditious method of ruling out gastrinoma. Gastric pH will be acid (low) if hypergastrinemia is due to gastrinoma; however, causes of elevated gastrin due to hypochlorhydria (PPI use, atrophic gastritis) will reveal a relatively neutral pH. Secretin stimulation and acid output testing are useful to confirm the diagnosis of gastrinoma but require specialized equipment not as readily available as pH paper. Serum chromogranin A is a diagnostic test for gastrinoma but is not as expeditious as simply checking the gastric acidity.

Reference

Yamada’s Handbook of Gastroenterology, 3rd Edition

Question 2
On CT scan, a 45-year-old man was incidentally found to have a well-circumscribed, round, 3 cm mass that appeared to arise from the wall of the stomach. What is the next appropriate step in evaluation?

A.) Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

B.) Upper GI series with barium

C.) Follow-up CT scan in 6 months to assess for interval growth

D.) EUS FNA

E.) Non-contrast CT chest

Answer

D.) EUS FNA

Explanation

(d) EUS FNA. The mass described in the CT scan is likely to represent a subepithelial mass that will require EUS to image and also to perform EUS-guided FNA of the lesion for a tissue diagnosis. EGD and upper GI series are unlikely to provide any additional information and endoscopic imaging of the lesion can be performed at the time of EUS.

Reference

Yamada’s Handbook of Gastroenterology, 3rd Edition

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Best of luck studying for the Gastroenterology Board Exam!

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