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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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

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Keywords

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

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Evidence-based diagnosis of nontraumatic headache in the emergency department : A consensus statement on four clinical scenarios. / Cortelli, Pietro; Cevoli, Sabina; Nonino, Francesco; Baronciani, Dante; Magrini, Nicola; Re, Giuseppe; De Berti, Gianni; Manzoni, Gian Camillo; Querzani, Pietro; Vandelli, Alberto.

In: Headache, Vol. 44, No. 6, 06.2004, p. 587-595.

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Cortelli, P, Cevoli, S, Nonino, F, Baronciani, D, Magrini, N, Re, G, De Berti, G, Manzoni, GC, Querzani, P & Vandelli, A 2004, 'Evidence-based diagnosis of nontraumatic headache in the emergency department: A consensus statement on four clinical scenarios', Headache, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 587-595. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1526-4610.2004.446007.x
Cortelli, Pietro ; Cevoli, Sabina ; Nonino, Francesco ; Baronciani, Dante ; Magrini, Nicola ; Re, Giuseppe ; De Berti, Gianni ; Manzoni, Gian Camillo ; Querzani, Pietro ; Vandelli, Alberto. / Evidence-based diagnosis of nontraumatic headache in the emergency department : A consensus statement on four clinical scenarios. In: Headache. 2004 ; Vol. 44, No. 6. pp. 587-595.
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