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Identifying the Stroke Mimics

Authors Mishra AK, Vanjare HA, George AA, Sahu KK

Received 15 December 2020

Accepted for publication 12 January 2021

Published 27 January 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 285—288


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Ajay Kumar Mishra,1 Harshad Arvind Vanjare,2 Anu Anna George,1 Kamal Kant Sahu1

1Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA, USA; 2Department of Radiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Correspondence: Kamal Kant Sahu
Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA 01608, USA

Abstract: Individuals presenting with sudden and focal neurological findings are usually suspected to have stroke. However, there are other conditions that can simulate stroke, which are often referred to as stroke mimics. Awareness and understanding these stroke-like disorders are of extreme importance as the treatment of each of them might be variable. We hereby briefly discuss these stroke mimics, common differentials, and key features to differentiate amongst the various causes of acute neurological event. Stroke is one of the neurological emergencies that needs urgent intervention to prevent significant mortality and morbidity. At the same time, it is important to realize the importance of other conditions which may mimic to stroke. In this letter, we aim to discuss a few key features that could probably help to distinguish stroke from mimickers thereby helping emergency doctors, neurologists, and hospitalists in streamlining the correct treatment at the earliest.

Keywords: COVID-19, stroke, virus, SARS-CoV-2, neurology

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