New Test Identifies Kids at High Risk for Ongoing Concussion Symptoms

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When a child gets a concussion, it can be difficult for a doctor to assess whether he or she will have problems that persist over the longer term. But now, a new test could help doctors do exactly that, a new study from Canada suggests.

“Prior to this study, doctors were unable to predict which children would continue to experience prolonged symptoms” after a concussion, Zemek said.

In this new study, the researchers collected data from more than 3,000 kids ages 5 to 18 who had gone to the emergency room at one of nine children’s hospitals in Canada within 48 hours of suffering a concussion. The group included kids who got concussions while playing sports, doing other activities, or as a result of falling, being assaulted or being in a car accident. 

At three time points — 7, 14 and 28 days after their head injury — participants completed online surveys or telephone interviews describing their symptoms.

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