5 Neurological do-not-dos
27th February 2017
Based on the most overused or misused neurological procedures in the US, here are the top five do-not-do recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology:
- Don’t perform EEGs for headaches.
- Don’t perform imaging of the carotid arteries for simple syncope without other neurologic symptoms.
- Don’t use opioids or butalbital for treatment of migraine, except as a last resort.
- Don’t prescribe interferon-beta or glatiramer acetate to patients with disability from progressive, non-relapsing forms of MS.
- Don’t recommend carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic carotid stenosis unless the complication rate is low (<3%).