Tarab Kamran, Usman Zafar, Quratulain Sahi, Sohail Akhtar, Hannan Zafar, Mutahira Mannan

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CT Findings in patients with Chief Complaint of Headache in a Tertiary Care Hospital

Tarab Kamran, Usman Zafar, Quratulain Sahi, Sohail Akhtar, Hannan Zafar, Mutahira Mannan



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ABSTRACT

 

Background: Headache complaints are required to be evaluated on the basis of neuroimaging. Studies were carried out in other countries to evaluate the usefulness of CT and MR Neuroimaging among patients of primary complaint of headache.

Aim: To determine frequency of definitive diagnosis and its types in patients who are referred to radiology for CT scan with chief complaint of headache.

Study Design: Descriptive, Cross-sectional study.

Settings: Department of Radiology, Combined Military Hospital, Lahore

Study Period: 10th February 2018 to 9th July 2018

Methods: About 303 cases of age 16-80 years of either gender referred to CT scan with primary complaint of headache were included. Patients with pathology in addition to headache including but not limited to bleeding, head injury and pregnant females were excluded. Demographic information including name, age, gender, CT findings and consultant’s opinion was noted.

Results: Mean age was 40.18 ± 16.72 years. There were more patient 205 (66.66%) patient of aged 16-45 years. There were 178 (58.75%) males and 125 (41.25%) females with male-to-female ratio as 1.4:1. Frequency of definitive diagnosis in patients who are referred to radiology for CT scan with chief complaint of headache was found in 89 (29.37%) cases.

Conclusion: The frequency of definitive diagnosis in patients who are referred to radiology for CT scan with chief complaint of headache is 29.37% patients which showed the insignificant success ratio of neuroimaging in patients with headache.

Keywords: Computed Tomography, Headache, Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging, Radiology



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