Distinguishing between stroke and mimic at the bedside: the brain attack study.

@article{Hand2006DistinguishingBS,
  title={Distinguishing between stroke and mimic at the bedside: the brain attack study.},
  author={Peter J. Hand and Joseph Kwan and Richard I Lindley and Martin Dennis and Joanna M. Wardlaw},
  journal={Stroke},
  year={2006},
  volume={37 3},
  pages={769-75}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The bedside clinical assessment of the patient with suspected stroke has not been well studied. Improving clinical skills may accelerate patient progress through the emergency department. We aimed to determine the frequency and nature of stroke mimics and to identify the key clinical features that distinguish between stroke and mimic at the bedside. METHODS Consecutive presentations to an urban teaching hospital with suspected stroke were recruited. A standard bedside… CONTINUE READING
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