Complications of Concussions in Kids
Written by Faith Anderson on January 5, 2013
Long-Term Consequences of Head Injuries in Children
In the study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience on December 12, researchers examined the brains of 15 children who sustained semi-acute TBIs, and compared them to the brains of 15 control participants. The results indicated that the children who suffered concussions showed evidence of cognitive dysfunction for up to two weeks after the initial accident occurred. Even after these symptoms disappeared however, there were signs of changes in the white matter of the childrens’ brains for up to three months afterward. Researchers also indicated that the severity of the changes in the childrens’ white matter was greater than changes seen in adults, indicating that children may be more vulnerable to future complications from a second head injury. A traumatic brain injury can result from a blow to the head, a jolt or even a minor bump on the head, which may lead to a concussion. While mild trauma to the brain can cause a brief change in the normal functioning of the brain, a severe head trauma can disrupt the brain’s normal function for a long period of time.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year, and notes that this type of injury accounts for 31% of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Complications resulting from head trauma like a TBI can include cognitive problems, depression, memory loss, anxiety and even changes in the victim’s personality. This latest information about the ongoing side effects of serious head injuries in children comes as increased attention is being focused on the safety of contact sports for kids, including soccer, football and rugby. In addition to sports injuries, serious accidents like motor vehicle collisions and slip and falls are common causes of concussions and TBIs in both adults and children. If you have sustained a head injury in any type of accident resulting from another person’s negligence, we can help you contact a lawyer in your area with experience handling personal injury cases such as this.