NBME OBGYN Form 2 - Answers & Explanations

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

1) Enterocele

• Enterocele = descent of small intestines into lower pelvic cavity → pushes on top part of vagina (ie, origin is high in vaginal vault) → bulge

• Hysterectomy → ↑ risk of enterocele (removal of uterus → space available for intestines to descend)

• Rectocele → bowel movement problems (not seen in enterocele since it is the small intestines that descends)

• Cystocele → urinary tract sxs. Cystocele would involve the anterior vaginal wall, not posterior wall


2) Fetal parvovirus B19 infection

• Patient works in a daycare (contact with children); Parvovirus B19 is most common infection associated with hydrops

• CMV and Toxo are less common causes of hydrops

• ‘Antibody screening is negative’ = Rh sensitization has not occurred


3) Iron deficiency • ↓ MCV (microcytic)

• Physiologic dilution of pregnancy and sickle cell would both be normocytic

• Folic acid or B12 deficiency would be macrocytic

• Hb electrophoresis excludes sickle cell


4) Vulvar carcinoma • Clinical features: vulvar pruritis, vulvar plaque/ulcer, abnormal bleeding • Patients often have a unifocal friable mass, commonly located on the labia majora


5) Cesarean delivery • Leopold’s Maneuvers help determine position of fetus

• If transverse lie is recognized during active labor → C-section • Can’t perform external cephalic version (ECV) or internal podalic version if in active labor


6) Condyloma acuminata • HPV 6, 11 → Condylomata acuminata • Tx: Podophyllin resin, Trichloroacetic acid


7) Admission to the hospital for intravenous antibiotic therapy • This patient has pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) • Indications for hospitalization include high fever, inability to take oral meds, and risk of non-adherence to treatment


8) Pelvic examination

• If the baby is not in the correct position (ie, fetal station of at least 0) and there is sudden rupture of membrane (SROM), there is risk of cord prolapse (there is space for it to fall out; if baby is in correct position, the head would prevent cord prolapse)

• Cord prolapse presents with rapid decrease in fetal HR

• Pelvic examination will allow you to feel/see the cord to confirm your dx

• Tx: Immediate cesarean section


9) Intraductal papilloma • MCC of unilateral bloody nipple discharge • Serosanguinous = contains both blood and serum


10) Measurement of serum β-hCG concentration • First step in work-up of secondary amenorrhea is to measure β-hCG to rule out pregnancy


11) Asherman syndrome

• ⊖ Progestin challenge can be either estrogen deficiency (ovarian failure) or asherman

• This patient has D&C history and normal FSH which points to asherman syndrome


12) Second administration of corticosteroids in 24 hours

• This patient has preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) - ruptured of membranes <37 weeks gestation (preterm) and before labor has begun (premature)

• A course of antenatal corticosteroids consists of betamethasone (~12 mg) intramuscularly every 24 hours for two doses

• MgSO4 should also be give to prevent cerebral palsy


13) Maternal fever

• Fetal tachycardia is due to maternal fever (mother should be given antipyretic to reduce fever and subsequently improve the fetal tachycardia)

• Fetal anemia → sinusoidal pattern

• Fetal head compression → early decelerations

• Umbilical cord compression → variable decelerations

• Uteroplacental insufficiency → late decelerations


14) Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix • Advanced cervical carcinoma often invades through the anterior uterine wall into

the bladder, blocking the ureters → obstructive uropathy (hydroureter)


15) Intravenous administration of ampicillin and gentamicin • This patient has endometritis, which is usually treated with clindamycin + gentamicin due to its broad-spectrum coverage

• Ampicillin can be used instead of clindamycin if there is clindamycin resistance, ⊕ GBS, or if infection persists after starting antibiotics


16) Wet mount preparation of the vaginal fluid • This patient has trichomoniasis • Wet mount would show motile trichomonads


17) X-ray of the chest • HIV patients with >5 mm induration = ⊕ PPD • CXR is the next best step for ⊕ PPD patients with a risk factor (ie, HIV), regardless of gestational age


18) Third measurement of serum β-hCG concentration in 1 week • This patient had an abortion and her β-hCG should be monitored weekly until it is undetectable


19) Pap smear • Women with HIV should have a Pap test at the time of HIV diagnosis (baseline), then every 12 months (some recommend a second test at 6 months as well). If the results of 3 consecutive test are normal, follow-up Pap test should be every 3 years.


20) Triphasic oral contraceptives • OCPs are contraindicated in smokers >35 years of age


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