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Pathology 11

A 7-year-old boy is brought into clinic by his parents who are concerned about his academic performance. They state that he is constantly in trouble for not paying attention in class and has received numerous detentions for being “off task.” The parents say he is generally well-behaved at home, although he does sometimes take a long time to complete his homework assignments because he is very meticulous and checks his work multiple times to make sure it is correct. Birth history and past medical history are unremarkable. During the office visit, the patient is well-behaved in the exam room and sits in the corner coloring. Occasionally, he stares into space for 8-10 seconds, making a slight smacking motion with his lips.

Which of the following would be the best treatment for the condition that is most likely affecting this patient?

  • A) Carbamazepine
  • B) Clonidine
  • C) Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • D) Ethosuximide
  • E) Methylphenidate


Varun Moktan


Dr. Ted O'Connell