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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 173--182

Diagnosis and Management of Headaches in the Emergency Department (ED) in Adults and Children

Yi J Zhao1, Jocelyn Y X Lim2, Pei S Wong3 
1 Department of Neurology, National Neuroscience Institute -SGH Campus, Singapore
2 KK Women and Children's Hospital, Neurology Service, Singapore
3 SGH Department of Pharmacy, NUS Dept of Pharmacy, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yi J Zhao
National Neuroscience Institute - Singapore General Hospital, Outram Rd, Singapore 169608
Singapore

Background: Headache accounts for a significant number of cases presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) and has a high societal cost, contributed by recurrent ED and clinic visits, and unnecessary diagnostic tests. Objective: This review article covers the important clinical tools needed to evaluate headaches in both adults and children in the ED. Methods: Medline/PubMed was searched using the keywords “Emergency department”, “headache”, “adult”, “pediatric”, “clinical assessment”, “diagnosis” and “treatment”, in the title or abstract. The search covers the period from 1 January 1990 to 31 December 2019. Results: The articles selected were based on their relevancy to the objective of this review article. Additional relevant publications were identified from article references lists. Conclusion: The emergency physician plays a key role in differentiating between primary and secondary headaches. Within the limited ED resources, appropriate diagnostic testing should be used to identify the life-threatening headaches. This will ensure patients are given the appropriate evidence-based pharmacological therapy and holistic management.


How to cite this article:
Zhao YJ, Lim JY, Wong PS. Diagnosis and Management of Headaches in the Emergency Department (ED) in Adults and Children.Neurol India 2021;69:173-182


How to cite this URL:
Zhao YJ, Lim JY, Wong PS. Diagnosis and Management of Headaches in the Emergency Department (ED) in Adults and Children. Neurol India [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Oct 17 ];69:173-182
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