Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of a hypertensive emergency?

Updated: Feb 05, 2018
  • Author: Christy Hopkins, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Imaging should be directed by the clinical presentation. If there is clinical evidence of pulmonary edema or the patient has chest pain, chest radiography and electrocardiography are indicated. Patients with neurologic signs should be evaluated with a head computed tomography scan initially, with more advanced imaging studies determined by the clinical presentation.


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