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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 128-130

A case of sentinel headache misdiagnosed: A catastrophe

Department of Medicine, M R Medical College, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Fida Hussain Mitha Bhai
M R Medical College, Kalaburagi, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/AJIM.AJIM_23_19

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Headache is the main complaint in outpatients consulting the neurologist and of adult patients presenting to an emergency department (ED) complaining of a headache. About a quarter of all patients presenting to the ED with a sudden-onset severe headache, described as the “worst of their lives,” have a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Patients may report symptoms consistent with a minor hemorrhage such as mild headache before a major rupture, which has been called a sentinel headache. Hereby, we describe a case of warning headache, an underestimated diagnosis.

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