Do Concussive Symptoms Really Resolve in Young Children?
Coco O Bernard, Jennie L Ponsford, Audrey McKinlay, Dean McKenzie, David Krieser
JOURNAL OF HEAD TRAUMA REHABILITATION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVES: To examine the frequency and nature of postconcussive symptoms (PCSs) and behavioral outcomes in young children following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. SETTING: Emergency department. PARTICIPANTS: Children aged 2 to 12 years presenting with either a concussion or minor bodily injury (control). OUTCOME MEASUREMENT: Parent ratings of PCS were obtained within 72 hours of injury, at 1 week, and 1, 2, and 3 months postinjury using a comprehensive PCS checklist. Preinjury behavior was examined at baseline using the Clinical Assessment of Behavior, which was readministered 1 and 3 months postinjury. RESULTS: PCS burden following mTBI peaked in the acute phase postinj..View full abstract
Research funding was awarded to Professor Jennie L. Ponsford and Dr Audrey McKinlay by the Jack Brockoff Foundation, and to Coco O. Bernard from the Monash University Doctoral Research Fund. This research was conducted as part of Coco O. Bernard's Doctoral Thesis (Doctorate of Clinical Neuropsychology).