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Medicine Grand Rounds - You’ve Been Thunderstruck!

Dr. Green describes a typical presentation and symptoms of a Thunderclap Headache, including sudden onset with diminished severity after 15-20 minutes but increasing in intensity with resumption of activity. This type of headache is considered a medical emergency as the differential diagnosis includes conditions associated with high mortality. Obtaining a thorough history and physical, lumbar puncture, CT scan and vascular imaging studies can identify most causes of acute headaches, which can be followed by appropriate treatment. Medications are safe and effective for Thunderclap Headaches and can often be discontinued with careful monitoring.

Activity Details

Start Date:  July 24, 2020
End Date: July 24, 2023

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Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to define and list the common causes of Thunderclap Headache, and select the proper diagnostic tests to investigate Thunderclap Headache.

Presenter
  • A. Laine Green, MSc, MD, FRCP(C), FAHS 
    Assistant Professor of Neurology
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    About our presenter: 
    Dr. Laine Green completed an undergraduate and graduate degree in synthetic organic chemistry prior to completing medical school and a Neurology residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax. After his fellowship in headache medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Dr. Green was an Assistant Professor with the Division of Neurology at Dalhousie University.  He joined the D-H Department of Neurology and the Headache Center in November 2019.
Accreditation

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  • View the entire presentation
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).
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* Kelly Kieffer, MD ~ her spouse is a consultant for OcculoBio. 

* Richard I. Rothstein, MD ~ has research support from Baranova (research grant to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Allurion.


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Bibliographic References
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Provider Contact Information

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