Which CT findings are characteristic of intracranial hemorrhage 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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CT scanning is the best initial study to demonstrate intracranial hemorrhage from malignant hypertension or vascular lesions. However, CT scan findings are positive in only about 90% of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, so a lumbar puncture should be performed despite unremarkable CT scan findings in patients thought to have a subarachnoid hemorrhage.


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