Stroke mimics which complicate the clinical management of ‘stroke patients’.

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Stroke mimics which complicate the clinical management of 'stroke patients'.

Niger Postgrad Med J. 2011 Jun;18(2):147-50

Authors: Ogubgbo BI, Ojinni FI, Okor D, Bankole OB

Not all patients presenting as 'stroke patients' have cerebrovascular disease, as some conditions mimic stroke clinically. A significant degree of misdiagnosis of stroke has been documented. Clinical presentation of patients with stroke mimics can confound emergency care physicians and lead to significant morbidity and mortality for the patient, if unrecognised. We highlight some conditions that can mimic stroke emphasising ways in which these stroke mimics can be differentiated from stroke. Correct identification and management of these conditions can reduce morbidity and mortality in 'stroke patients.

PMID: 21670784 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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