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Table 3 Final diagnoses of 1269 patients who called the OHS-PC for symptoms suggestive of TIA/stroke

From: Accuracy of telephone triage in patients suspected of transient ischaemic attack or stroke: a cross-sectional study

  High NTS urgency
n = 770 (60.7%)
Low NTS urgency
n = 499 (39.3%)
P-value
TIA/minor stroke 276 (35.8) 158 (31.7) 0.125
Major ischaemic or haemorrhagic strokea 149 (19.4) 52 (10.4) < 0.001
Other life threatening events (LTEs)b: 45 (5.8) 16 (3.2) 0.032
 - Intracranial haemorrhagec 17 (37.8) 7 (43.8) 0.674
Migraine: 21 (2.7) 21 (4.2) 0.150
 - With aura 9 (42.9) 7 (33.3) 0.525
Epilepsy 17 (2.2) 6 (1.2) 0.190
Syncope 18 (2.3) 12 (2.4) 0.939
Brain tumor 13 (1.7) 2 (0.4) 0.059^
Peripheral vestibular syndromes: 22 (2.9) 42 (8.4) < 0.001
 - Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo 10 (45.5) 11 (26.2) 0.119
 - Meniere disease 1 (4.5) 1 (2.4) 0.999^
 - Vestibular neuritis 0 (0.0) 5 (11.9) 0.155^
Peripheral nerve problem: 75 (9.7) 47 (9.4) 0.850
 - Bell’s palsy 22 (29.3) 13 (27.7) 0.842
 - Facial nerve palsy other than Bell’s palsy 53 (70.7) 34 (72.3) 0.842
Psychogenic syndromes 27 (3.5) 26 (5.2) 0.138
Other non-urgent diagnosesd 107 (13.9) 117 (23.4) < 0.001
  1. High NTS urgency: U1 and U2; Low NTS urgency: U3, U4 and U5. aIncluding lacunar infarction and stroke not otherwise specified; bAmongst others sepsis, acute coronary syndrome, meningitis, herpes encephalitis, coma, severe anemia due to gastrointestinal bleeding, hypoglycaemia, acute pulmonary embolism; cIncluding subarachnoid haemorrhage; dAmongst others guillain barre, multiple sclerosis, alcohol intoxication; ^Fisher’s Exact Test