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Am J Emerg Med. 2000 Jan;18(1):96-101.

Current controversies in the management of minor pediatric head injuries.

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  • 1UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


Each year hundreds of thousands of children receive care in emergency departments after head injury. Minor head injuries account for a majority of these injuries. The prevalence, morbidity, and costs associated with pediatric minor head injuries make it an important topic. We review the management of pediatric minor head injury, emphasizing current areas of controversy, including criteria for neuroimaging, indications for hospitalization, the role of anticonvulsant therapy, and the long-term neurobehavioral sequelae of pediatric minor head injury.

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