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Symptoms and disability until 3 months after mild TBI
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
2006 (English)In: Brain Injury, ISSN 0269-9052, E-ISSN 1362-301x, Vol. 20, no 8, 799-806 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Examine frequency, character and course of symptoms until 3 months after MTBI and the relation between symptoms and disability.

Methods: Prospective cohort study of 122 consecutive patients with MTBI. Symptom assessment after 1, 7 and 14 days and 3 months post-injury by use of Rivermead Post-concussional Questionnaire. Disability assessment by use of Rivermead Head Injury Follow-up Questionnaire.

Results: Patients reporting one or more symptoms declined from 86% on day 1 to 49% 3 months post-injury, when 25% also reported change in one or more domains of everyday activities. Poor memory, sleep disturbance and fatigue were most commonly reported. Symptom and disability scores were correlated (tau=0.60; p < 0.001). Early symptom load correlated with late symptom load (tau=0.38; p < 0.01).

Conclusions: Symptoms gradually decline post-injury. Symptoms correlate with disability at 3 months. Patients with early high symptom load are at risk for developing persisting complaints.

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2006. Vol. 20, no 8, 799-806 p.
Keyword [en]
Mild TBI, symtoms, disability
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83228DOI: 10.1080/02699050600744327ISI: 000240356300003PubMedID: 17060147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-83228DiVA: diva2:111135
Available from: 2006-10-24 Created: 2006-10-24 Last updated: 2011-06-17Bibliographically approved

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