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Headache. 2004 Jun;44(6):587-95.

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

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Department of Neurologoical Sciences, University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

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.

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