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Fifteen-minute consultation: Severe traumatic brain injury in paediatrics
  1. Seana Molloy1,
  2. Gemma Batchelor2,
  3. Peter Mallett3,
  4. Andrew Thompson1,
  5. Thomas Bourke1,4,
  6. Andrew Fitzsimons5,
  7. Julie Richardson6
  1. 1Paediatrics, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, UK
  2. 2General Paediatrics, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, UK
  3. 3Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  4. 4Centre for Medical Education, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  5. 5Emergency Department, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, Co Antrim, UK
  6. 6Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Belfast Children's Hospital, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Seana Molloy, Paediatrics, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK; seana.molloy{at}


Paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a non-degenerative, acquired brain insult. Following a blow or penetrating trauma to the head, normal brain function is disrupted. If it occurs during the early stages of development, deficits may not immediately become apparent but unfold and evolve over time. We address the difficulties that arise when treating a child with severe TBI.

  • general paediatrics
  • paediatric practice
  • accident & emergency
  • intensive care
  • neurology
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  • Contributors SM and JR conceived the idea. SM reviewed the evidence and wrote the first draft. All other authors collaborated to produce the final paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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