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    Asking right questions leads to better headache diagnosis

    Ophthalmologists can keep certain queries, mnemonics in mind to track and treat

    Los Angeles—Want to be the office’s hero when it comes to diagnosing patients with headaches?

    Here are some simple ways to diagnose headache patients and lead them on the right path to treatment, said Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD. 

    Neuro-ophthalmologists, as well as general ophthalmologists, can use the mnemonic “SNOOP” to evaluate which headaches may require further evaluation, said Dr. Gordon, Vernon O. Underwood professor of ophthalmology, and senior associate dean, diversity affairs, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles.

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    SNOOP stands for:

    ·      Systemic symptoms

    ·      Neurologic signs or symptoms

    ·      Onset is sudden or abrupt

    ·      Older patients with new or onset headaches

    ·      Previous headache history: is this the first headache or a change in their previous headaches

    If patients have one or more of these signs or symptoms, they will benefit from further evaluation, Dr. Gordon said.

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