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Patient with a subarachnoid headache

from Clinical Practices and Cases in Emergency Medicine

Headaches are commonly seen in the emergency department. Distinguishing a benign headache from a life- threatening one, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, is a critical task for emergency physicians. While the historical workup involves computed tomography followed by a lumbar puncture, recent literature suggests that CT alone done within six hours obviates the need for this procedure. This case will illustrate the significance in identifying the life-threatening diagnosis of SAH and the current state of the art in the diagnostic approach. more

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