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Headache "Red Flag"


SNOOP System symptoms, Neurologic signs & symptoms, Onset, Onset (age at onset), Previous History
System symptoms Fever Weight loss Secondary headache risk factors - eg. HIV, Anticoagulation, Pregnancy
Neurologic signs & symptoms Any newly acquired neurologic finding - Confusion, impaired alertness/ consciousness, nuchal(neck) rigidity, HTN, papilledema (optic nerve), CN dysfunction, abnormal motor function
Onset Sudden, abrupt, split-second, "thunderclap" headache (suggests subarachnoid hemorrhage, sudden onset increased ICP) Onset of HA with exertion, sexual activity, coughing, sneezing
Onset (age at onset) older (>50Y) and Younger (0-5Y)
Previous History First Headache in adult (>30) [pattern usually established (<30)] New onset of different HA (change in frequency, severity, clinical features including: progressive HA w/o HA free period)
Created by: Slacker