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Post-Concussion Syndrome

 

When symptoms last longer than they should after a concussion or head injury, this is known as post-concussion (or post-concussive) syndrome. This syndrome can be worse in those who have experienced head trauma prior to the trauma that led to post-concussion syndrome.

Causes of Post-Concussion Syndrome

The initial cause of post-concussion syndrome is head trauma. Following this trauma, individuals who experience early symptoms of a headache, fogginess, amnesia or fatigue may experience more severe post-concussion syndrome.

Individuals who are younger in age or have a history of headaches have a higher risk.

Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

Symptoms differ from person to person, however, some common symptoms are:

  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Headache
  • Feelings of depression, irritability or anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate or think

Treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome

Treatment is based on symptoms the individual is experiencing. It can include:

  • Over-the-counter medication for headaches
  • Stress management or relaxation for cognitive problems
  • Depression and anxiety management through therapy and/or medication
  • Allow the brain time to heal itself. It may take anywhere from three weeks to three months.

If you believe your child is suffering from post-concussion syndrome, you can call 531-355-7420 to schedule an appointment with one of our neurologists.

Dr. Madhav Bandatmakur, Pediatric Neurologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital, explains what a concussion is and the symptoms that can arise after a concussion, called Post-Concussion Syndrome.

 
Pediatric Neurology