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Extremes of stroke symptoms attract misdiagnoses

from News-Medical

Patients with very mild or very severe stroke symptoms are at the greatest risk of being misdiagnosed in the emergency department, research suggests. These “stroke chameleons” were mostly missed by emergency physicians, who failed to consider a stroke diagnosis in 91.5 percent of the 47 patients studied. However, neurologists also did not consider stroke in 57.6 percent of the 33 patients about whom they were consulted. more

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