Pediatric Emergency Playbook
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You make tough calls when caring for acutely ill and injured children. Join us for strategy and support, through clinical cases, research and reviews, and best-practice guidance in our ever-changing acute-care landscape. This is your Pediatric Emergency Playbook.
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Pediatric Headache: Some Relief for All
Seemingly vague, but potentially dangerous... common, but possibly with consequences... ...or maybe just plain frustrating. Let's talk risk stratification, diagnosis, and management. Primary or Secondary? We can make headache as easy or as complicated as we like, but let's break it down to what we need to know now, and what the parents need to know when they go home. Primary headaches: headaches with no sinister secondary cause – like tension or migraine – are of course diagnoses of exclusion (cluster headache is exceedingly rare in children). Secondary headaches: headaches due to some underlying cause -- are what we need to focus on first. The list of etiologies is vast; here is just a sampling: How do I sort this out? Ask yourself three main questions: Is it a tumor? Is it an infection? Is it a bleed? Is it a tumor? Some historical features are high-yield in screening for signs or symptoms consistent with a space occupying lesion. Progression and worsening of symptoms over time Associated vomiting Pain only in the occiput Headache that is worse with Valsalva – ask if coughing, urinating, or defecating affects the headache Does this headache wake the child from sleep? Is it worse in the morning just after getting up? Conversely, the absence of some historical features may increase suspicion of a space-occupying lesion No family history of migraine No associated aura with the headache. Who needs neuroimaging? The short answer is, if the child has an abnormal exam finding, then obtain a non-contrast head CT in the ED. If you’re worried enough to get imaging, then you should not feel great abou
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Date published: 2015-10-04