The Hunt and Hess scale
is used to classify the severity of a non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Asymptomatic, mild headache, slight nuchal rigidity
- Moderate to severe headache, nuchal rigidity, no neurologic deficit other than cranial nerve palsy
- Drowsiness / confusion, mild focal neurologic deficit
- Stupor, moderate-severe hemiparesis
- Coma, decerebrate posturing
- Hunt WE, Hess RM. “Surgical risk as related to time of intervention in the repair of intracranial aneurysms.” Journal of Neurosurgery 1968 Jan;28(1):14-20.
- Hunt WE, Meagher JN, Hess RM. “Intracranial aneurysm. A nine-year study.” Ohio State Medical Journal 1966 Nov;62(11):1168-71.
Hunt and Hess classification is being replaced by WFNS classification