What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of hypertensive encephalopathy?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Irawan Susanto, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Consider computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head to look for indications of stroke, hemorrhage, or intracranial masses.

Obtain chest radiographs to evaluate for possible complications of hypertensive encephalopathy, including aspiration due to altered mentation. Chest radiographs can also be used to evaluate for other conditions, such as acute pulmonary edema and aortic dissection.

Perform electrocardiography (ECG) to evaluate for the presence of cardiac ischemia.

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