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J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2007 Jan-Feb;22(1):56-64.

The long-term impact and rehabilitation of pediatric traumatic brain injury: a 50-year follow-up case study.

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VA VISN 19 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Denver, CO 80220, USA.


Despite significant advances in the understanding of pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related sequelae, members of the medical community working with adult survivors often do not appreciate the impact of "latent" effects of these injuries. To assess deficits and facilitate intervention, the interactions among the nature of the TBI, the individual's developmental course, and the history of community response must be understood. This case study discusses the lifelong challenges faced by a 56-year-old individual who sustained a TBI at age 5. His case highlights the importance of developmental stage consideration, remote evaluation/intervention, and collaboration with mental health professionals.

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