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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-150

Stroke Mimics which complicate the Clinical Management of 'Stroke Patients'


1 Department of Neurosurgery, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-araba, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Neurosurgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-araba, Lagos, Nigeria

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F I Ojini
Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-araba, Lagos
Nigeria
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Not all patients presenting as 'stroke patients' have cerebrovascular disease, as some conditions mimic stroke clinically. A significant degree of misdiagnosis of stroke has been documented. Clinical presentation of patients with stroke mimics can confound emergency care physicians and lead to significant morbidity and mortality for the patient, if unrecognised. We highlight some conditions that can mimic stroke emphasising ways in which these stroke mimics can be differentiated from stroke. Correct identification and management of these conditions can reduce morbidity and mortality in 'stroke patients'.


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