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<< Intracerebral Hemorrhage In Anticoagulated Patients: Evidence-Based Emergency Department Management (Stroke CME)

Differential Diagnosis

Patients who present to the ED with acute focal neurologic deficits must be promptly evaluated for ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, and have a rapid noncontrast head computed tomography (CT) scan obtained. However, hypoglycemia can also mimic stroke-like symptoms, so a fingerstick blood glucose level should be obtained prior to any further workup.52

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