The diagnosis of and emergent care for the patient with subarachnoid haemorrhage in resource-limited settings

Katharine L. Modisett, Alex Koyfman, Michael S. Runyon

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Non-traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) is a neurosurgical emergency that may present similarly to a benign headache, yet poses high morbidity and mortality in what often times are young and otherwise healthy patients. While the diagnosis may be made via several different modalities, not all of these are available to every emergency physician. A high suspicion for SAH along with a good history and physical examination may best serve patients in these resource-limited settings. Adequate resuscitative and supportive care, combined with prompt transfer to a facility with neurosurgical capabilities is integral to optimizing patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-149
Number of pages10
JournalAfrican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014



  • (Atraumatic) Headache
  • Aneurysm
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH)
  • Vasospasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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