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Brain injury and recovery . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 10 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4586

Recovery after mild traumatic brain injury

Based on a Glasgow coma scale score of 13 to 15 at the time of hospital admission, most traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild. A survey from the US suggests that the term seriously underestimates the likely impact of the injury. Among more than 1000 people who presented to trauma centres with mild traumatic brain injury, over half were still complaining of functional impairment a year later (JAMA Neurol doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.1313). People who had intracranial abnormalities on computed tomography (CT) imaging at the time of the initial injury were more likely to report problems, but even in …

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