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diagnostic tests for acute HA:
ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)
1. temportal arteritis
2. endocarditis
diagnostic tests for acute HA:
UA (urinalysis)
1. malignant hypertension
2. preeclampsia
diagnostic tests for acute HA:
sinus CT or x-ray
1. bacterial sinusitis
2. venous sinus thrombosis
to confirm a subarachnoid hemorrhage, start by...?
a CT scan or lumber puncture to detect CSF xanthochromia (can be detected 6 hr after the onset of a headache)
what should you suspect is causing a HA in pts > 50 or in pts c/ HAs immeiately upon waking up?
an intracrainal lesion!!
name 3 pts c/ sx whom you should suspect an increased intracranial pressure (ICP)?
1. pts awakened in the middle of the night by a HA
2. pts c/ projectile vomiting
3. pts c/ focal neural deficits
4. get a head CT!!!!!!