Kavita K. Erickson

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STUDY OBJECTIVE To study patients with acute trauma retrospectively for clinical predictors of positive cranial computed tomography. METHODS We reviewed the medical records and noncontrast computed tomography scans of 373 consecutive head trauma patients presenting to a trauma Level I emergency department. Potential criteria for patient selection were(More)
Charts from 1,074 consecutive emergency department patients who underwent cranial computed tomography (CT) were reviewed for predictors of a CT abnormality. Twenty-six clinical variables and the results of neurologic examination were compared with cranial CT findings. Patients with focal neurologic deficit, unresponsiveness, and hypertension had an(More)
STUDY PURPOSE We evaluated the need for emergency noncontrast cranial computed tomography (CT) among patients presenting to an emergency department with a complaint of seizure. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated the medical records of 115 consecutive patients who presented to a trauma Level I ED with a complaint of seizure and underwent a noncontrast(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of cranial CT performed emergently in patients with neurologic deficits of acute onset that had resolved by the time of presentation to an emergency department. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data were evaluated from 1518 patients presenting to level I (967 patients) and level II (551 patients)(More)
We studied clinical predictors of cranial computed tomography (CT) abnormalities in patients with acute or acutely worsened headache. Data were collected from chart review of 333 consecutive patients presenting to an emergency department and who were clinically selected for cranial CT. Patients with a positive neurologic examination were at 10.7 times(More)
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