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Age-dependent differences in the impact of paediatric traumatic brain injury on executive functions: A prospective study using susceptibility-weighted imaging

Christine Resch, Vicki A Anderson, Miriam H Beauchamp, Louise Crossley, Stephen JC Hearps, Caroline M van Heugten, Petra PM Hurks, Nicholas P Ryan, Cathy Catroppa



Childhood and adolescence represent sensitive developmental periods for brain networks implicated in a range of complex skills, including executive functions (EF; inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility). As a consequence, these skills may be particularly vulnerable to injuries sustained during these sensitive developmental periods. The present study investigated 1) whether age at injury differentially affects EF 6 months and 2 years after TBI in children aged 5-15 years, and 2) whether the association between brain lesions and EF depend on age at injury. Children with TBI (n = 105) were categorized into four age-at-injury groups based on previous studies and proposed t..

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