Pediatr Emerg Care 2017 Sep;33(9):643-649
*Attending Physician (Corwin, Joffe), Division of Emergency Medicine, †Associate Fellow (Corwin), Center for Injury Research and Prevention, ‡Attending Physician (Grady), Sports Medicine and Performance Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; §Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (Grady), Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Joffe), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and ∥Attending Physician and Associate Professor (Zonfrillo), Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI.
Pediatric mild traumatic brain injuries, most of which are concussions, are an increasingly common reason for presentation to emergency departments. The diagnosis of concussion has increased dramatically over the past decade, necessitating the acute care provider to have up-to-date knowledge of the definition, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, physical examination findings, and acute management of pediatric concussion. This article also addresses populations most vulnerable to prolonged recovery from pediatric concussion and referral recommendations. Read More