Role of Computed Tomography Scan in Non-Localized Headache in Tertiary Hospital of Mid Western Region of Nepal

Authors

  • Prasanna Ghimire Department of Radiology Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital Kohalpur, Bank
  • B. P. Singh Department of Radiology Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital Kohalpur, Bank
  • S. K. Chaturvedi Department of Radiology Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital Kohalpur, Bank

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jngmc.v13i1.16397

Keywords:

Computed tomography, Headache, Radiation, Non-localizing, Imaging

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the implication of a computed tomography scan for headache with non-localizing sign.

Materials and methods: One hundred and thirty six patients with headache having non-localizing signs were included in this prospective study. Patients with age > 11 years, incomplete radiological or clinical data, recent/new onset headache, any immunosuppressive state, neurological deficits at the time of presentation, history of fever, trauma, any previous surgical intervention and any malignancy were excluded from the study.

Results: Among the 136 patients, 73% were females and 27% were males with age range of 11- 76 years. Negative computed tomography scan was present in 91 (66.9 %) cases. Positive findings that significantly influenced the management were present in only 6 (4.4%) cases.

 Conclusion: Computed tomography in headache with non-localizing signs has a poor yield for a significant intracranial pathology. A careful and detailed assessment curtails the need for inadvertent imaging thus reducing the economic burden and health related hazards.

Journal of Nepalgunj Medical College Vol.13(1) 2015: 2-4

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Published

2017-01-17

How to Cite

Ghimire, P., Singh, B. P., & Chaturvedi, S. K. (2017). Role of Computed Tomography Scan in Non-Localized Headache in Tertiary Hospital of Mid Western Region of Nepal. Journal of Nepalgunj Medical College, 13(1), 2–4. https://doi.org/10.3126/jngmc.v13i1.16397

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