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Probst MA, Gupta M, Hendey GW
Prevalence of intracranial injury in adult patients with blunt head trauma with and without anticoagulant or antiplatelet use.
In this study, the investigators determined the prevalence of significant intracranial injury among adults with blunt head trauma who are receiving preinjury anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications. The investigators concluded that patients receiving preinjury warfarin or a combination of aspirin and clopidogrel were at increased risk for significant intracranial injury, but not those receiving aspirin alone. They suggested that clinicians should have a low threshold for neuroimaging when evaluating patients receiving warfarin or a combination of aspirin and clopidogrel.
Citation: Probst MA, Gupta M, Hendey GW . Prevalence of intracranial injury in adult patients with blunt head trauma with and without anticoagulant or antiplatelet use. Ann Emerg Med 2020 Mar;75(3):354-64. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.10.004..
Keywords: Brain Injury, Injuries and Wounds, Blood Thinners, Medication, Medication: Safety, Adverse Drug Events (ADE), Adverse Events, Risk