support the site ⋅ become a member ⋅ unscramble the egg
free120  nbme24  nbme23  nbme22  nbme21  nbme20  nbme19  nbme18  nbme17  nbme16  nbme15  nbme13 

NBME 16 Answers

nbme16/Block 1/Question#30 (6.8 difficulty score)
A 5-year-old boy is brought to the emergency ...
Cerebral edema🔍

Login to comment/vote.

Kid had a viral URI then took aspirn -> Reye syndrome, a hepatic encephalopathy. There is increased ammonia production because of the liver damage, leading to hyperammonemia. This gets to the brain, is ocnverted to glutamine (an osmolyte). This causes the brain swelling.

It's not E) viral encephalitis because it implies the virus is directly causing the encephalitis. Instead, the viral infection -> aspirin -> liver damage -> ammonia -> crosses BBB -> converted to glutamine -> draws in water -> cerebral edema