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You are not crazy. I got this question wrong for the same reason but here's why I think NBME was going with fibrates. You can use the Friedewald equation to calculate LDL cholesterol from the values they give. This equation is LDL= Total Cholesterol-HDL Cholesterol-(Triglycerides/5). The Triglycerides/5 term is an estimate for VLDL. If you calculate it in this case you get an LDL of 120 which is firmly normal and thus the patient would ostensibly not benefit from statin therapy.
omg when the hell am I going to remember this equation? Jesuusssssss, this kind of details makes me want to give up on STEP
*low HDL level
(refer to table 3 of the article)
FA says, "euphoria, disinhibition, hyperactivity, distorted sensory and time perception, bruxism.
Lifethreatening effects include hypertension, tachycardia, hyperthermia, hyponatremia, serotonin syndrome."
So I think they wanted you to see Sinus Tachy and jump for MDMA. Idk why Ketamine couldn't also potentially be correct though.
I picked ketamine because it said no diaphoresis. But if you need to find a reason, I guess the half life of ketamine might rule it out. Remember from sketchy, ketamine is used for anaesthesia induction, so probably won't keep the HR and BP high for 8 hrs. In fact, its action is ~10-15 mins-ish iv.
Because the NBME is full of fuckers. The guy is probably dehydrated so he cant sweat anymore?
you wouldnt see tachycardia with ketamine. It causes cardiovascular depression but honestly i saw " all-night dance party" picked the mdma answer and moved on lol
Ketamine acts as a sympathomimetic but oh well. NBME hasn't caught on to ketamine as a drug of recreation :)
@usmleuser007 LSD doesn't cause HTN and ↑ HR.
@fulminant_life FALSE. KETAMINE CAUSES CARDIOVASCULAR STIMULATION.
Take a look at why the patient has pale and cold extremities.
"Mechanistic clinical studies indicate that the MDMA-induced elevations in body temperature in humans partially depend on the MDMA-induced release of norepinephrine and involve enhanced metabolic heat generation and cutaneous vasoconstriction, resulting in impaired heat dissipation."
It doesn't explain the sudden death, but I suppose they aren't asking for that!
I hate this type of ques. Here it is. Tell me what it is?
also, a liver infarct is unlikely due to rich dual blood supply.