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Editorial
November 5, 2018

State of the Science on Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Progress Toward Clinical Translation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(11):e182846. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2846

Over the past 20 years, medical professionals and the general public have gained clearer understanding that mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, is often not a benign, self-limited condition as once thought. Rather, it may result in persistent physical, neuropsychiatric, and cognitive symptoms that exact substantial impact on life function and quality. Pediatric mTBI is now recognized as a major public health problem, bringing nearly 1 million children to US emergency departments annually.1

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