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Cureus. 2019 Jan 22;11(1):e3937. doi: 10.7759/cureus.3937.

Brain MRI in Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms in Both Sports- and Non-sports-related Concussion.

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1
Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, USA.
2
Pediatrics, Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research, Surat, IND.
3
Radiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, USA.
4
Pediatrics, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, ECU.

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), persistent post-concussive syndrome (PPCS), and normal neurologic examination.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This was a retrospective review of pediatric patients, who were evaluated in a Pediatric Concussion Clinic between August 2013 and November 2018, with documented persistent post-concussive symptoms, normal neurological examination, and available brain MRI.

RESULTS:

In our analysis of 86 cases we found seven MRI studies with abnormal findings, but none were clinically significant.

CONCLUSION:

We conclude that MRI has a low diagnostic yield in this population, and based on these results we recommend that clinicians should avoid ordering MRI studies in this group. Further research is necessary to validate these results in larger and prospective studies.

KEYWORDS:

brain mri; magnetic resonance imaging; mild traumatic brain injury; pediatric concussion; postconcussion syndrome

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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