Who should provide patient history in suspected transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Ashish Nanda, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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A transient ischemic attack (TIA) may last only minutes, and symptoms often resolve before the patient presents to a clinician. Thus, historical questions should be addressed not just to the patient but also to family members, witnesses, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Witnesses often perceive abnormalities that the patient cannot, such as changes in behavior, speech, gait, memory, and movement.


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