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Jonathan Edlow, MD

Residency and Training

Internal Medicine, Boston City Hospital 1981

Academic Rank


About Dr. Edlow

Dr. Edlow's major areas of focus are tick-borne diseases and neurological emergencies. His major current area of investigation is avoiding misdiagnosis of neurological emergencies. Specifically, his focus is helping physicians make an early and correct diagnosis of patients presenting with focal weakness (stroke and TIA), dizziness (especially avoiding misdiagnosis of acute cerebrovascular syndromes) and headache (especially diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage).

Major Publications

Edlow, JA and Caplan, LR; Avoiding pitfalls in the diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage; New England Journal of Medicine; 242: 29-36; 2000.

Edlow, JA and Wyer, PC; How good is a negative cranial CT in excluding subarachnoid hemorrhage?; Annals of Emergency Medicine; 36: 507-516; 2000.

Edlow, JA, Bruner, K and Horowitz, G; Xanthochromia - a survey of laboratory methodology and its clinical implications; Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; 126: 413-5; 2002.

Benatar, M and Edlow, JA; The spectrum of cranial neuropathy in Bell's palsy; Archives of Internal Medicine; 164: 2382-85; 2004.

McGillicuddy D, Walker, O, Shapiro NI and Edlow, JA; Guillain-Barré syndrome in the ED; Annals of Emergency Medicine; 47: 390-3; 2006.

Goldstein, J, Camargo, CA, Pelletier, A, and Edlow, JA; Headache in the ED: A 10-year analysis; Cephalalgia; 26: 684-690; 2006.

Edlow, JA, Kim, S, Pelletier, AJ and Camargo, CA; National study on emergency department visits for TIA, 1992-2001; Academic Emergency Medicine, 13(6): 666-72; 2006.

Savitz, SI, Caplan, LR and Edlow, JA; Pitfalls in the diagnosis of cerebellar stroke; Academic Emergency Medicine; 14(1): 63-68; 2007.

Tibbles, CD and Edlow, JA; Rational Clinical Exam: Does this patient have erythema migrans? JAMA; 297: 2617-2627; 2007.

Stanton VA, Yu-Hsiang H, Camargo CA, Edlow JA, Lovett P, Goldstein JN, Abbuhl S, Lin M, Chanmugam, A, Rothman RE and Newman-Toker DE; Overreliance on symptom quality in diagnosing dizziness: results of a multi-center survey of emergency physicians; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; 82(11): 1319-28; 2007.

Shah K, Kleckner K and Edlow JA; Short-term prognosis of stroke among patients diagnosed in the emergency department with a transient ischemic attack (TIA); Annals of Emergency Medicine; 51: 316-23; 2008.

Pope J and Edlow JA; Favorable response to analgesics does not predict a benign etiology of headache; Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain; 48: 944-950; 2008.

Newman-Toker DE, Hsieh YH, Camargo CA, Pelletier AJ, Butchy GT and Edlow JA; Spectrum of dizziness in US Emergency Departments: cross-sectional analysis from a nationally representative sample; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; 83: 765-775; 2008.

Shah K, Metz H and Edlow, JA; Review of clinical prediction rules to stratify short-term prognosis of stroke among patients diagnosed in the Emergency Department with a transient ischemic attack; Annals of Emergency Medicine; (ePub October 2008); 53(5): 662-73; 2009.

Savitz, SI, Levitan, EB, Wears, R and Edlow, JA; Pooled analysis of patients with thunderclap headache evaluated by CT and LP: is angiography necessary in patients with negative evaluations? Journal of Neurological Sciences; 276: 123-5; 2009.

16. Newman-Toker D, Camargo C, Pelletier A, Hsieh YH and Edlow JA; Disconnect between charted vestibular diagnoses and ED management decisions: a cross-sectional analysis from a nationally-representative sample; Academic Emergency Medicine; 16: 970-77; 2009.

Fischer C, Goldstein J, Smith J and Edlow, JA; Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in the ED: retrospective analysis of 17 cases and review of the literature; Journal of Emergency Medicine; (ePub August 2009); 38(2): 140-7; 2010.

Edlow, JA, Malek A and Ogilvy CS; Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage - update for emergency physicians; Journal of Emergency Medicine; 34: 237-51; 2008.

Savitz, SI and Edlow, JA; Thunderclap headache with normal CT and lumbar puncture: no further testing is necessary (invited commentary); Stroke; 39: 1392-3; 2008.

Edlow, JA, Newman-Toker DE and Savitz SI; Diagnosis and initial management of cerebellar infarction; Lancet Neurology; 7: 951-964; 2008.

Edlow JA, Panagos PD, Godwin SA, Thomas TL and Decker WW; Clinical Policy: Critical issues in the evaluation and management of adult patients presenting to the Emergency Department with acute headache; Annals of Emergency Medicine; 52(4): 407-36; 2008.

Easter J, Josephson A, Saint S, Vinson D, and Edlow, JA; All in the Family - Clinical Problem Solving; New England Journal of Medicine; 362: 52-59; 2010.

Edlow, JA; Tick paralysis; Current Treatment Options in Neurology; 12(3): 167-177; 2010.

Ullman E and Edlow, JA; Complete heart block complicating the head impulse test; Archives of Neurology; (in-press).

Edlow, JA; What are the unintended consequences of changing the diagnostic paradigm for subarachnoid hemorrhage after brain computed tomography to computed tomographic angiography in place of lumbar puncture? Academic Emergency Medicine; (in-press).


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