Stay Away from CT Scans and Dark Rooms: CDC Issues First Guidelines for Treating Kids with Concussions

September 19, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on diagnosing and managing mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. Better known as concussions, mTBIs are sometimes not taken seriously enough because the word "mild" appears in the name, according to a September 17, 2018, article in the New York Times. But a child's brain is still developing and experts do not yet understand the effects of repetitive injury on the brain, the article cautions. The goal of the guidelines is to standardize care and make sure doctors assess a child's risk factors—such as prior head injuries or a learning disability—that can make recovery from mTBI take longer. The CDC said computed tomography (CT) scans and radiographs are not necessary for diagnosing mTBI.

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