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Does head CT scan pathology predict outcome after mild traumatic brain injury?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Medicine. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Medicine.
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2013 (English)In: European Journal of Neurology, ISSN 1351-5101, E-ISSN 1468-1331, Vol. 20, no 1, 124-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background:

More evidence is needed to forward our understanding of the key determinants of poor outcome after mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). A large, prospective, national cohort of patients was studied to analyse the effect of head CT scan pathology on the outcome.

Methods:

Thousand two hundred and sixty-two patients with MTBI [Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score 15] at 39 emergency departments completed a study protocol including acute head CT scan examination and follow-up by the Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire (RPQ) and the Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOSE) at 3 months after MTBI. Binary logistic regression was used for the assessment of prediction ability.

Results:

In 751 men (60%) and 511 women (40%), with a mean age of 30 years (median 21, range 6–94), we observed relevant or suspect relevant pathologic findings on acute CT scan in 52 patients (4%). Patients aged below 30 years reported better outcome both with respect to symptoms and GOSE as compared to patients in older age groups. Men reported better outcome than women as regards symptoms (OR 0.64, CI 0.49–0.85 for 3 symptoms) and global function (OR 0.60, CI 0.39–0.92 for GOSE 1–6).

Conclusions:

Pathology on acute CT scan examination had no effect on selfreported symptoms or global function at 3 months after MTBI. Female gender and older age predicted a less favourable outcome. The findings support the view that other factors than brain injury deserve attention to minimize long-term complaints after MTBI.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 20, no 1, 124-129 p.
Keyword [en]
brain concussion, prediction
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Other Clinical Medicine
Research subject
Rehabilitation Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-180312DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2012.03813.xISI: 000314996200019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-180312DiVA: diva2:549165
Available from: 2012-09-03 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Studies on outcome and prognostic factors
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Objectives: To explore the prevalence and structure of self-reported disability after mild traumatic brain injury and the impact of traumatic brain pathology on such outcome.

Material and methods: In study 1-3, symptoms data were collected by use of Rivermead Post-concussion Symptoms Questionnaire (RPQ) and data on global function by use of Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOSE) from 2602 patients at 3 months after MTBI. RPQ data were subject to factor and Rasch-analyses Head CT data from 1262 patients were used in a prediction analysis that also included age and gender. In study 4, MRI and symptoms data were collected at 2-3 days and at 3-7 months follow-up after MTBI in 19 patients. Global function was assessed at follow-up by use of the Rivermead Head Injury Follow-Up Questionnaire (RHIFUQ) and GOSE.

Results: I. Most respondents reported no remaining symptoms but 24% reported ≥3 and 10% ≥7 remaining symptoms. The factor analysis demonstrated that all symptoms are correlated but also identified subgroups of symptoms. II. Rasch-analysis of RPQ showed disordered category function, local dependency of items, poor targeting of persons to items and indications of 3 or more dimensions. There was no differential item functioning. III. Head CT pathology with no need for acute intervention was observed in 52 patients (4%) but was not associated with either frequency of remaining symptoms or global outcome at 3 months post injury. Female gender and age over 30 years were associated with less favourable outcome with respect to symptoms and GOSE. IV. Post-acute MRI indicated trauma-related pathology in one patient and follow-up MRI indicated loss of brain volume in 4 patients.

Conclusions: A substantial proportion of patients with MTBI report remaining problems at three months after MTBI. RPQ is useful but not optimal to assess symptoms outcome after MTBI and calculation of a total sum score is not recommended. Female gender and older age are negative prognostic factors while brain pathology according to CT has no effect on self-reported outcome. Loss of brain volume after MTBI according to MRI may be a sensitive marker of traumatic brain pathology and deserves further studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 43 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 810
Keyword
Rehabilitation, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Rivermead Post-concussion Symptoms Questionnaire, Rasch-analysis, prediction, outcome, head CT pathology, Magnet Resonance Imaging
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Other Clinical Medicine
Research subject
Rehabilitation Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-180326 (URN)978-91-554-8464-4 (ISBN)
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2012-10-18, Brömssalen, Gävle sjukhus, Gävle, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-09-27 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2013-01-23

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