Neuropsychiatric aspects of concussion: acute and chronic sequelae

Written by Rao V, Syeda A, Roy D, Peters ME, Vaishnavi S

Concussion – also known as mild traumatic brain injury – is a transient disturbance of neurological function resulting from traumatic forces imparted to the brain that often produce cognitive, behavioral and systemic symptoms. In this review of the literature, we discuss the pathophysiology of both acute and chronic neuropsychiatric sequelae of concussions, followed by a brief overview of evaluation and management of these sequelae. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a growing public health problem. In 2010, suspected TBI accounted for approximately 2.5 million emergency department visits in the USA [1]. About 70–80% of all TBIs are mild (mTBI) and the...

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