Recognizing the signs and symptoms of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

S. Arthur Moore, Alejandro A. Rabinstein, Michael W. Stewart, William David Freeman

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Abstract

Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a devastating neurologic condition with a high mortality and long term neurological morbidity in 50% of survivors. In addition, SAH commonly affects young patients causing substantial loss of productive life years and resulting in significant long term healthcare costs. Early recognition of the signs and symptoms of SAH is absolutely critical to earlier intervention, and delays in diagnosis can have devastating consequences. To avoid such delays in SAH diagnosis, the medical provider should recognize its signs and symptoms. Neuroimgaging, cerebrospinal fluid examination and angiography (invasive or non-invasive) facilitate early diagnosis of SAH. The purpose of this review is not to provide an exhaustive critique of the available literature, rather, it is to provide an overview that will better enable a provider to recognize and initiate the workup of patients with SAH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-768
Number of pages12
JournalExpert review of neurotherapeutics
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • MRI
  • aneurysm
  • cerebral angiography
  • computed tomography
  • intracerebral hemorrhage
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • thunderclap headache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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