Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Heads Up on the Type and Duration of Post-Concussive Symptoms

By: Lewis First, MD, MS

Concurrent with the prominence of concussion as a topic that seems to be garnering more and more attention in the public media have been an array of studies attempting to help us better correctly diagnose and treat this traumatic brain injury. Our journal is no exception to the flurry of solid studies we have recently published on concussion.

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This week, we share a prospective cohort study by Eisenberg et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds. 2014-0158) that uses this longitudinal methodology to track children, teens, and young adults (ages 11-22) seen in an emergency department with acute concussion and then follows them for three months or until symptoms resolved.

The authors track the type of symptom encountered at the time of concussion as well as new symptoms, largely emotional, that develop during the follow-up period. They also chart the time course of symptoms to resolution providing new insight into the natural history and what to expect in the post-concussive time period.

If you want to stay ahead when it comes to knowing about concussion, this study gives you, and in turn the families of your patients, post-concussion information that will allow all of us to better monitor their recovery progress as well as what to expect in the days following the injury. Check out this article and learn more.

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