Evaluating the sensitivity of visual xanthochromia in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

@article{Arora2010EvaluatingTS,
  title={Evaluating the sensitivity of visual xanthochromia in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage.},
  author={Sanjay Arora and Stuart P. Swadron and Vinoo Dissanayake},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={39 1},
  pages={13-6}
}
Combined computed tomography and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis has been shown to be 100% sensitive for detecting subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) when CSF is obtained between 12 h and 2 weeks from time of headache onset and spectrophotometry is used to evaluate CSF for xanthochromia. Because most hospitals do not use spectrophotometry, we sought to evaluate the sensitivity of CSF analysis for xanthochromia by visual inspection. We retrospectively identified all patients seen in the Emergency… CONTINUE READING