Traumatic brain injury

The incidence of traumatic brain injury has reached epidemic proportions. TBI results from a biomechanical force to the head inducing a series of neurometabolic changes. Differences in stature and nervous system physiology of children lead to unique susceptibility to concussive injury.

Similar to adults, symptoms indicate disruption of global brain function, including cognitive, emotional, physical, and sleep dysfunction; however, the recovery time is often prolonged in the pediatric population. Management of pediatric traumatic brain injury is also distinctive given the cognitive demands of children in school.

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