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Journal:   TEHRAN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL JOURNAL (TUMJ)   JANUARY 2008 , Volume 65 , Number 10; Page(s) 20 To 23.
 
Paper: 

PREVALENCE OF ABNORMAL BRAIN CT-SCAN FINDING IN PATIENTS WITH HEADACHE: TWO YEAR STUDY IN IMAM HOSPITAL

 
 
Author(s):  SABERI H.*, ZOHREI H.R., ABD ELAHI A.R.
 
* IMAM KHOMEINI HOSPITAL, KESHAVARZ BLVD., TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Headache is one of the most common problems that bring patients to doctors’ offices. Many physicians order neuroimaging studies after taking the history of the patient and performing a physical examination. These neuroimaging studies are often requested due to the probable existence of an intracranial lesion. However, at times they are requested to allay the fears of patients or even doctors. Most of these studies are normal and the question arises whether there is any indication for requesting neuroimaging studies for a patient with an isolated headache.
Methods: We studied 146 patients with headache who had been referred for CT scan to the imaging center of Imam Khomeini Hospital during 2004-2005. For each patient, a questionnaire, including the medical history and accompanying neurological symptoms, was filled out and CT scan results were gathered.
Results: The mean of age of the patients was 37.8 years, and 69% were female. Only 10 patients (6.8%) had a brain lesion in the CT scan. Accompanying neurological symptoms were more frequent in patients with abnormal rather than normal CT scans. There was a meaningful correlation between abnormal CT scan and paresthesia, ptosis, paresia, diplopia, visual loss, convulsion, vomiting and vertigo. A statistical correlation existed between gender and positive CT scan.
Conclusions: Many patients with headache have normal brain CT scan results. Thus, better criteria are warranted for requesting neuroimaging including accurate patient history and neurological examination in order to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure. MRI instead of CT scan would be a better first step toward the evaluation of the possible existence of brain lesions.

 
Keyword(s): HEADACHE, CT SCAN, BRAIN TUMOR
 
 
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SABERI, H., & ZOHREI, H., & ABD ELAHI, A. (2008). PREVALENCE OF ABNORMAL BRAIN CT-SCAN FINDING IN PATIENTS WITH HEADACHE: TWO YEAR STUDY IN IMAM HOSPITAL. TEHRAN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL JOURNAL (TUMJ), 65(10), 20-23. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=104361



Vancouver: Copy

SABERI H., ZOHREI H.R., ABD ELAHI A.R.. PREVALENCE OF ABNORMAL BRAIN CT-SCAN FINDING IN PATIENTS WITH HEADACHE: TWO YEAR STUDY IN IMAM HOSPITAL. TEHRAN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL JOURNAL (TUMJ). 2008 [cited 2021July28];65(10):20-23. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=104361



IEEE: Copy

SABERI, H., ZOHREI, H., ABD ELAHI, A., 2008. PREVALENCE OF ABNORMAL BRAIN CT-SCAN FINDING IN PATIENTS WITH HEADACHE: TWO YEAR STUDY IN IMAM HOSPITAL. TEHRAN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL JOURNAL (TUMJ), [online] 65(10), pp.20-23. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=104361.



 
 
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