How are ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke differentiated?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke cannot be reliably differentiated on the basis of clinical examination findings alone. Further evaluation, especially with brain imaging tests (ie, computed tomography [CT] scanning or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]), is required. (See Workup.)


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