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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2012 May;19(5):231-239
Management of minor head injury in children
Lumba AK, Lucio SJ

Abstract Objective: To review diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in the pediatric patient following closed head injury (CHI). Methods: Review of the literature. Results: Mild TBI may result from any degree of head injury regardless of severity and present with concussive symptoms. The differential diagnoses of concussive symptoms assists in the identification of mTBI. There are several recently published guidelines to aid in the diagnosis of mTBI. Treatment for the mTBI patient includes both supportive care as well as family education. Post-CHI return to play guidelines are important in the management and prevention of potentially devastating sequelae. Conclusion: Pediatric CHIs are common and can result in TBI. The vast majority of pediatric TBI post-CHI are classified as “mild.” Using current established guidelines, pediatric patients with mTBI can be managed supportively upon their initial diagnosis and throughout their recovery period.

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