Differential Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach To Managing Asymptomatic Elevated Blood Pressure In The Emergency Department
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Differential Diagnosis

An important etiology of elevated blood pressure in the ED setting is drug withdrawal syndrome. Hypertension and elevated pulse rate are frequently seen in withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids. Often, the patient will report a history of long-term drug or alcohol use and will exhibit other features suggestive of withdrawal.

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