Evidence-based diagnosis of nontraumatic headache in the emergency department: A consensus statement on four clinical scenarios

Pietro Cortelli, Sabina Cevoli, Francesco Nonino, Dante Baronciani, Nicola Magrini, Giuseppe Re, Gianni De Berti, Gian Camillo Manzoni, Pietro Querzani, Alberto Vandelli

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Abstract

Objective.-To provide to emergency department (ED) physicians with guidelines for diagnosis of patients with nontraumatic headaches. Background.-Many patients present to an ED with the chief complaint of headache. Causes of nontraumatic headache include life-threatening illnesses, and distinguishing patients with such ominous headaches from those with a primary headache disorder can be challenging for the ED physician. Conclusion.-We present a consensus statement aimed to be a useful tool for ED doctors in making evidence-based diagnostic decisions in the management of adult patients with nontraumatic headache. Methods.-A multidisciplinary work performed an extensive review of the medical literature and applied the information obtained to commonly encountered scenarios in the ED.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalHeadache
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Computed tomography
  • Diagnosis
  • Electroencephalography
  • Emergencies
  • Guidelines
  • Spinal puncture
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Temporal arteritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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