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Concussion symptoms could be sign of poorer recovery outcomes in children

07 February 2020

Concussion symptoms could be sign of poorer recovery outcomes in children.

Sleep problems, fatigue and attention difficulties in the weeks after a child’s concussion injury could be a sign of reduced brain function, a study has found.

Researchers from the University of Queensland looked at persistent concussion symptoms and their link to poorer recovery outcomes in children.

Most children recover fully after a concussion, but one in 10 has persistent symptoms.

Dr Kartik Iyer, author of the study that appears in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, said: ‘In the MRI scans of children with persistent concussion symptoms, poor sleep was linked to decreases in brain grey matter and reduced brain function.’

He added: ‘This knowledge can help clinicians ensure a child receives targeted rehabilitation such as cognitive behaviour therapy, medication to improve sleep, or safe and new emerging therapies such as non-invasive brain stimulation to potentially reduce symptoms.  

‘It is critical that children who receive a head injury see a doctor and get professional medical advice soon after their injury has occurred.’

 
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