Abstract

A careful and complete headache history supplemented by a neurologic and general physical examination, as appropriate, enables the astute physician to diagnose most headaches correctly without diagnostic testing. When indications are present (see Box 1), some headache patients with a normal physical examination require testing even though the yield may be low. Failure to test may result in misdiagnosis of potentially serious and life-threatening causes of headaches, such as brain tumors, chronic meningitis, SAH, and temporal arteritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-885
Number of pages21
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume85
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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