'Mild' traumatic brain injury not so mild after all

A year on, more than half the patients still had functional impairment from their injury

More than half of patients presenting to an emergency department with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) are still reporting problems a year later, a US study shows.

Emergency department

Those who had acute abnormalities on brain CT in emergency were 24% more likely to report functional impairment at 12 months that affected their daily life than those whose brain scans were normal, the researchers reported in JAMA Neurology.

The findings highlighted the need to provide better follow-up and ongoing care for people with mild TBI, the authors said.

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