Computerized axial tomography in the detection of brain damage. 2. Epilepsy, migraine, and general medical disorders

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The cranial computerized axial tomography (CAT) findings in groups of patients with epilepsy, migraine, hypertension, and other general medical disorders have been reviewed to assess the frequency and patterns of focal and diffuse brain damage. In addition to demonstrating focal lesions in a proportion of patients with seizures and in patients presenting with a stroke, the CAT scan showed a premature degree of cerebral atrophy in an appreciable proportion of patients with long-standing epilepsy, hypertension and diabetes, and in some patients with migraine, valvular and ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, and chronic renal failure. The value of CAT as a means of screening for brain damage in groups of individuals at risk is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-620
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes


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