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"Don't Worry Your Child Only has a Concussion"

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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The phrase CONSCUSSION is often used in medical records to describe a  TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

But, there is no standard definition when it comes to the term CONCUSSION ?

Does it make any difference if  an injury is described in medical records as a CONCUSSION or a TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ?

Research indicates that medical practitioners tend to use the term concussion rather than traumatic brain injury when it comes to children.

Why ?

Is this an effort to keep parents calm ?  Is the intent to reduce fear of a long-term injury ? Or is it because there no agreed understanding in the medical profession as to the difference between these terms ?

Does it really matter whether you child's injury is defined in his/her medical records as a concussion or a traumatic brain injury ?

It appears so.

A study published in the medical journal "Pediatrics" ( February 2010 edition) indicates that children who are defined as having suffered a traumatic brain injury spend a longer period of time in hospital ( I draw the conclusion from this that their injuries were treated more seriously). In addition, these same children were advised to take more time off school to recuperate.

So, if your child suffered an injury to the head, be sure to discuss the "definition" applied to their injury by medical professionals.



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