Chapter 46. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Jeffrey J. Perry MD, MSc, CCFP-EM Assistant Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch46

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Perry, J. J. (2008) Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch46

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH);
  • SAH - rare cause of headache but most serious causes of headache;
  • Cochrane Library and MEDLINE: subarachnoid hemorrhage AND (risk factors OR clinical features);
  • patients with global or focal neurological findings and identifying SAH;
  • Cochrane Library and Medline: subarachnoid hemorrhage AND computed tomography;
  • spectrophotometry and identifying xanthochromia in cerebrospinal fluid;
  • five-point clinical grading scale by Hunt and Hess


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • Conflicts of interest

  • References