Focal Signs and Brain CT Scans in Psychiatric Patients

Thomas P. Beresford, Frederic C. Blow, Linda Nichols, James W. Langston, Richard C.W. Hall

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Abstract

To the Editor: In a 1981 report, Larson and colleagues1 surveyed 123 psychiatric patients who underwent CT scanning of the brain; they found that 6 patients had “true positive” studies, all of whom had concurrent focal neurologic signs. Another 81 patients with “normal” or “normal except for atrophy” CT results were entirely free of focal neurologic signs. This study, with its emphasis on using focal neurologic signs as a guide for using CT scans in psychiatric patients, has formed the basis for institutional policy in many hospitals; often a neurologist's approval, presumably to document focal signs, is required before a.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume313
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 1985

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Psychiatry
Neurologic Manifestations
Brain
Organizational Policy
Atrophy

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Focal Signs and Brain CT Scans in Psychiatric Patients. / Beresford, Thomas P.; Blow, Frederic C.; Nichols, Linda; Langston, James W.; Hall, Richard C.W.

In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 313, No. 6, 08.08.1985.

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Beresford, Thomas P. ; Blow, Frederic C. ; Nichols, Linda ; Langston, James W. ; Hall, Richard C.W. / Focal Signs and Brain CT Scans in Psychiatric Patients. In: New England Journal of Medicine. 1985 ; Vol. 313, No. 6.
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