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2022 Mar 31


Emerg Med J

Management of patients presenting to the emergency department with sudden onset severe headache: systematic review of diagnostic accuracy studies.

Authors

Walton M, Hodgson R, Eastwood A, Harden M, Storey J, Hassan T, Randall M S, Hassan A, Williams J, Wade R
Emerg Med J. 2022 Mar 31.
PMID: 35361627.

Abstract

Advances in imaging technologies have precipitated uncertainty and inconsistency in the management of neurologically intact patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with non-traumatic sudden onset severe headache with a clinical suspicion of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate diagnostic strategies in these patients.