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Questions August 2012.

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Allergic rhinitis (AR) never occurs in infants.

2. Which of the following is FALSE? The following symptoms should be sought where AR is considered in infants:

(A) Noisy breathing

(B) Flatulence

(C) Snorting

(D) Failure to thrive.

3. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

The most common allergens in young children originate from food (especially milk, peanut butter and wheat) and inhalants (especially house dust mite, cats and dogs).

4. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Intranasal corticosteroids are the gold standard first-line therapy for moderate/severe AR.

5. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Cough mixtures are very beneficial in children with respiratory tract pathologies.

6. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light is regarded as the main association of pterygium occurrence.

7. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Familial occurrence of pterygium may be due to heredity or a shared environment or both.

8. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Digital rectal examination is the most reliable method of diagnosing prostatic cancer.

9. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Serum prostatic specific antigen (PSA) may be raised in benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatic trauma.

10. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Plasma sarcosine distinguishes between early and advanced stages of prostate cancer.

11. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Osteosarcoma is the most common malignant primary bone tumour in children and adolescents.

12. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Despite improved surgical techniques and chemotherapy regimens, the survival rate of osteosarcoma remains <5%.

13. Which of the following is FALSE? The most common presenting complaint of osteosarcoma is:

(A) Swelling or mass

(B) Pain

(C) Constitutional symptoms

(D) Halitosis.

14. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Patients with osteosarcoma usually present during the second and third decades of life.

15. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Plain radiography is rarely able to confirm the suspicion of osteosarcoma.

16. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Early osteosarcoma can never be mistaken for a benign lesion.

17. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Worldwide, there is an oversupply of healthcare personnel.

18. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Most migration of health professionals is from wealthier to poorer areas because of missionary zeal.

19. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

The South African Medical Journal carries no advertisements for foreign medical posts.

20. TRUE (A) or FALSE (B):

Advertisements for foreign medical posts have been increasing in the South African Medical Journal in the last few years.


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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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