Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Concussions in the ED

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Head trauma is a common pediatric presentation in emergency departments (EDs). While traumatic brain injury can be a major cause of death and disability, most children have mild, non-life-threatening events. In recent years, there has been increased public awareness of mild traumatic brain injury, or “concussion,” and its sequelae in children. Children with a possible concussion frequently first present in the ED. Thus, its diagnosis, management, and aftercare are significant issues in the pediatric ED.

— Ann M. Dietrich, MD, FAAP

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