Treatment of the unknown patient: Insights from acute stroke

Simon M. Bell, Dilraj Sokhi, Tom Hughes, Marc S. Randall

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When an unidentified patient who cannot communicate presents with symptoms and signs suggesting an acute stroke, the decision to thrombolyse is a particular challenge. In a time-pressured environment, clinicians need clear thought processes for diagnosis and treatment. Ethical considerations, diagnosis, identity and previous history, contraindications, time of symptom onset (EDICT) can help decision-making in this situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-455
Number of pages3
JournalPractical Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • aphasia
  • identification
  • ischemic stroke
  • thrombolysis
  • unknown


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