Treatment of the Older Adult Patient (>50 Years Old) with Acute Headache in the ED


Key Chapter Points

Primary headaches are more common in younger than older adult patients. Adults >50 years old presenting to the ED with headache will require a more detailed evaluation for secondary headache than younger adults. Common secondary headaches in adults >50 years old may include a wide range of disorders, including vascular conditions, acute angle-closure glaucoma, medication side effects, carbon monoxide poisoning, primary and metastatic neoplasm, infection, and trauma. Giant cell arteritis is a medical emergency requiring definitive, presumptive treatment initiation in the ED.


Cognitive loss Giant cell arteritis Hypnic headache Subdural hematoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Dean Health SystemsMadisonUSA

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