Secondary Headache

Author:  Clifford J Mann / Editor: Andrew Parfitt / Reviewer: Sarah Hickin-Yacoub / Code: A5Published: 29/01/2021


This session will focus on secondary causes of acute severe headaches that are likely to present to an emergency department.

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Describe a pragmatic, focussed method of eliciting the relevant history of acute secondary headache
  • List an appropriate differential diagnosis for acute secondary headache
  • Explain a logical method to rule in, or rule out, the principle causes of acute secondary headache
  • State characteristic findings on lumbar puncture and CT of the more important differential diagnoses of acute secondary headache


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