Which CT findings are characteristic of structural lesions in pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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A CT brain scan with contrast can define most structural lesions. A CT scan without contrast is somewhat more limited in its sensitivity, although it can define hydrocephalus and hemorrhage easily. Routine noncontrast CT should be reserved for more acute situations in which time is crucial and intracranial hemorrhage is suspected.


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