CT for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

A negative head CT in a neurologically normal patient, with a thunderclap headache presentation, a clear time of onset, and a modern CT scanner performed within 6 hours of onset read by an attending radiologist results in a post test risk of SAH of 1 – 2/1000 patients. A shared decision strategy should be used to balance the risk and benefits of performing a lumbar puncture versus a negative CT within 6 hours being sufficient to rule out SAH.

Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation