Evaluation of the patient with nontraumatic headache: an evidence based approach.


Journal Article (Review)

This article reviews the literature on the diagnostic tools available to make a cost-effective yet appropriate diagnosis in the patient with an atraumatic headache in the emergency setting. The tools addressed include a good history and physical examination alone, third-generation CT, lumbar puncture, and MR imaging. The epidemiology and characteristics of the more common primary and secondary causes of headache are also reviewed, allowing the clinician to develop a better pretest probability of disease, and make a more educated decision as to when additional diagnostic testing is needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Field, AG; Wang, E

Published Date

  • February 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 127 - ix

PubMed ID

  • 10101344

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10101344

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-8627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70050-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States