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August 1, 2014  

Induction to EM. An approach to headache in the ED. St.Emlyn’s

August 1, 2014

HORIZONS.jpgWe've all had headaches, but not often severe enough to prompt us to seek help in an Emergency Department.

In our practice 10% of patients who do present to the ED  with a primary presentation of headache will have serious pathology and our job as Emergency Physicians is to work out who these are. Key to this is actively ruling out the life-threatening and life-changing diagnoses:

  • Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
  • Meningitis
  • Tumours and Space Occupying Lesions
  • Temporal Arteritis

Listen to Simon and Iain discuss how to approach these patients here

Further Resources

Headaches at Life in the Fast Lane - a great summary from the LiTFL crew

NICE Guidelines (NCG150) - diagnosis and management of headaches; there's a flowchart and some red flags although you could read the St Emlyn's summary here!

Headache from the Flipped EM Classroom