College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Diagnosis of Mild Head Injury and the Postconcussion Syndrome.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2000

Keywords

Brain Concussion, Cognition Disorders, Craniocerebral Trauma, Differential Diagnosis, Neuropsychological Tests, Syndrome

Publication Title

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

ISSN

0885-9701

Volume

15

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Mild head injuries can cause acute transient cognitive inefficiency that typically resolves within 3 months. Postconcussion syndrome may initially be related to acute cerebral dysfunction but can also arise as a psychological consequence of head trauma. The syndrome persists beyond 3 months in a significant number of patients with mild head trauma as a psychological disorder. International Classification of Diseases diagnostic criteria for postconcussion syndrome are currently recommended for clinical purposes. These criteria are contrasted with research diagnostic criteria used in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The differential diagnosis of persistent cognitive and postconcussive symptoms in forensic practice is reviewed.

DOI

10.1097/00001199-200004000-00003

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