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What do headaches, confusion, slow gait and a slow verbal response indicate?

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Posted on Thu, 2 Aug 2018
Question: 75 year old female, good health, sudden headache, complaining left arm not right. Signs of confusion, gate slow, shuffling, balance ok, verbally slow to respond. Slept all day. Evening slight improvement. Next morning fully recovered, cognitively fine, tired, horse throat.
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Intracranial hemorrhage has to be ruled out at the earliest

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

I can certainly understand your concern.

I have worked through your query in detail.

Considering your symptoms and age the possibility of a intracranial bleeding is high. Hence it's important to rule out intracranial bleeding by getting an MRI scan of the brain at the earliest.

Even though there's recovery from the symptoms next day, MRI scanning of the brain to look for cerebral vascular events is mandatory.

Additionally, the blood pressure needs to be monitored.

Further management if any is largely based on test results.

Please post your further queries if any

Thank you


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What do headaches, confusion, slow gait and a slow verbal response indicate?

Brief Answer: Intracranial hemorrhage has to be ruled out at the earliest Detailed Answer: Hi there, I can certainly understand your concern. I have worked through your query in detail. Considering your symptoms and age the possibility of a intracranial bleeding is high. Hence it's important to rule out intracranial bleeding by getting an MRI scan of the brain at the earliest. Even though there's recovery from the symptoms next day, MRI scanning of the brain to look for cerebral vascular events is mandatory. Additionally, the blood pressure needs to be monitored. Further management if any is largely based on test results. Please post your further queries if any Thank you