Headache in neurological emergency

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Neurol Sci. 2020 Oct 1. doi: 10.1007/s10072-020-04761-3. Online ahead of print.


Headache represents the second neurological cause of emergency room admittance. The differentiation of the small number of patients with life-threatening headaches from the overwhelming majority with benign primary headaches is an important problem in the emergency department since the misdiagnosis of a secondary headache can have serious consequences, including permanent neurologic deficits and death. The presence of one or more high-risk features (red flags) in patient clinical history or neurological examination warrants an urgent diagnostic workup including blood tests, neuroradiological studies, and lumbar puncture.

PMID:33001406 | DOI:10.1007/s10072-020-04761-3

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