QUESTION: A 57-year-old man is exposed to radiation as a result of a disaster in a nuclear power plant. It is believed that he sustained significant whole body radiation, although the number of Grays is unknown. He is brought to the ED, his clothes are removed and his body is decontaminated. Two hours after the exposure he begins having nausea and vomiting. Which of the following is the best predictor of survival after radiation exposure?

A. Iodine level at 48 hours
B. Lymphocyte level over 48 hours
C. Monocyte level over 48 hours
D. Platelet levels over 24 hours




# Mini Board Review: March 2013 EditionDiane Gilliland 2013-03-07 20:37
Thank you for putting together the questions for the mini board review. I find them very helpful!
# Mini Board reviewDr Zahn 2013-03-10 09:37
Good review....but alot of medical info, very specific...not known when you are out for years in practice.
# MDSam Morale 2013-03-11 17:06
Thanks for your effort. Nice to review uncommon diseases to keep us up to speed. It is amazing how many diseases, pathogens etc... have had their names changed : Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) (formerly referred to as Wegener’s granulomatosis) .
# Robert Ditrolio 2013-03-12 17:10
Excellent review questions. Please keep them coming in future issues!

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