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Fifteen minute consultation: a structured approach to the recognition and management of concussion in children and adolescents
  1. Anand Nitin Kanani1,
  2. Stuart Hartshorn2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, West Midlands Deanery, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stuart Hartshorn, Department of Emergency Medicine, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK; stuart.hartshorn{at}


Concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect force, which is transmitted to the head. The incidence of concussion is rising, and poor recognition of symptoms, with inappropriate management strategies, increases the risk of long-term cognitive and neuropsychiatric complications. We address some common questions that arise when assessing and managing patients with suspected concussion.

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • General Paediatrics

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