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Health of Older People

TIA Pathway - Suspected TIA

A TIA is defined as stroke symptoms or signs that resolve within 24 hours (the majority resolve within 1 hour). A TIA is characterised by a sudden, focal neurological deficit that spontaneously resolves.

There are 4 key questions to consider:

  1. Was it sudden?
  2. Was it focal?
  3. Has it resolved?
  4. Was there impaired consciousness?


If the answer to 1-3 is YES then presume a TIA. If the answer to 4 is YES then consider alternative diagnoses eg syncope, seizure, hypoglycaemia etc.

The ROSIER Scale is a validated screening tool (for patients with symptoms) for diagnosis of TIA/stroke.

NB: Transient loss of consciousness ('blackout') without focal neurological symptoms or signs is NOT a TIA.



Last updated : Friday, November 24, 2017
Next review date : Saturday, November 24,2018


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