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Predicting long-term symptoms in postconcussion syndrome

| Jan 9, 2017 | Brain Injuries |

The findings of a new Toronto study of the symptoms of postconcussion syndrome, known as PCS, show a correlation between the number of symptoms and the length of time it takes to recover from the syndrome. We support such research, as the better doctors can predict the future course of brain injuries, the better the evidence available to lawyers and courts for use in assessing adequate money damages to cover future long-term care in personal injury suits. 

A concussion is a mild brain injury caused by a blow to the head or to somewhere else on the body that impacts the brain. Another kind of force could also cause a concussion such as whiplash from a car accident.

 

The new PCS symptom research

The study is published in the November 2016 Journal of Neurotrama by several researchers affiliated with the University of Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital or the Canadian Concussion Center. Researchers looked at a group of PCS patients at the Toronto Western Hospital, including mailing each patient a follow-up questionnaire. 

According to the study, while most people who get concussions recover within three months, when they do not, continuing PCS symptoms may include fatigue, headache, trouble with concentration, and depression. There is no “proven treatment,” which leads to feelings of frustration and helplessness in PCS patients. 

Among the trends observed in the study: 

  • When the number of symptoms progressively increases, they tend to occur in a “predictable order.”
  • The more PCS symptoms patients have, the longer the time until recovery.
  • Patients whose PCS lasted at least three years did not recover.
  • And more 

We will continue to monitor brain-injury research and share important findings in this blog.