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Cranial CT of the unconscious adult patient.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17398264     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Unconscious patients are frequently referred to radiology departments for computed tomography (CT) of the brain. The objectives of these examinations are to define the underlying cause of impaired consciousness and in some cases to determine the severity of associated brain injury. There is often little history available to guide the clinician or radiologist, particularly in patients referred from the casualty department. In this review, we present the typical CT appearances of adult patients presenting with loss of consciousness for CT examination. We focus on the most common abnormalities that are identified in everyday radiological practice, emphasize important diagnostic signs that may enable a confident diagnosis to be made and discuss when further imaging may be warranted.
S P Harden; C Dey; M L Gawne-Cain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2007-03-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical radiology     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0009-9260     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Radiol     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-02     Completed Date:  2007-05-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306016     Medline TA:  Clin Radiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  404-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / radiography*
Central Nervous System Infections / radiography
Hematoma / radiography
Hypoxia-Ischemia, Brain / radiography
Intracranial Hemorrhages / radiography
Intracranial Hypertension / radiography
Thromboembolism / radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
Unconsciousness / complications,  radiography*

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