Which physical findings are characteristic of hypertensive encephalopathy?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Irawan Susanto, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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In addition, include a careful vascular examination to evaluate for vasculopathy; radiologic examinations might not acutely identify ischemic stroke.

Other target-organ damage that may be found includes the following:

  • Cardiovascular - S3, elevated neck veins, peripheral edema, murmurs, abdominal pulsations, and diminished pulses

  • Renal - Acute renal failure, pulmonary edema, and peripheral edema

  • Pulmonary - Pulmonary edema, rales, and wheezes

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