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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 10, 2018

Lasting Effects of Childhood TBI

JAMA. 2018;319(14):1428. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3167

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during childhood can reduce financial and social well-being into adulthood, according to a recent CDC report prepared for Congress.

The report documents the public health burden of childhood TBI, which led to 640 000 emergency department (ED) visits in 2013. Roughly half of childhood TBI-related ED visits in 2012 were related to sports or other recreational activities. Seventy percent to 90% of cases were mild, and only about 14% of these mild cases resulted in disability that required specialized medical care or educational services. But about 60% of moderate to severe cases led to lasting disability. A lack of awareness of the potential long-term medical, cognitive, motor, emotional, or behavioral consequences of more severe brain injuries may lead to delayed care.

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