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Neurosensory symptom complexes after acute mild traumatic brain injury

Hoffer, ME and Szczupak, M and Kiderman, A and Crawford, J and Murphy, S and Marshall, K and Pelusso, C and Balaban, C (2016) Neurosensory symptom complexes after acute mild traumatic brain injury. PLoS ONE, 11 (1).

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) is a prominent public health issue. To date, subjective symptom complaints primarily dictate diagnostic and treatment approaches. As such, the description and qualification of these symptoms in the mTBI patient population is of great value. This manuscript describes the symptoms of mTBI patients as compared to controls in a larger study designed to examine the use of vestibular testing to diagnose mTBI. Five symptom clusters were identified: Post-Traumatic Headache/Migraine, Nausea, Emotional/ Affective, Fatigue/Malaise, and Dizziness/Mild Cognitive Impairment. Our analysis indicates that individuals with mTBI have headache, dizziness, and cognitive dysfunction far out of proportion to those without mTBI. In addition, sleep disorders and emotional issues were significantly more common amongst mTBI patients than non-injured individuals. A simple set of questions inquiring about dizziness, headache, and cognitive issues may provide diagnostic accuracy. The consideration of other symptoms may be critical for providing prognostic value and treatment for best short-term outcomes or prevention of long-term complications.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hoffer, ME
Szczupak, M
Kiderman, A
Crawford, J
Murphy, S
Marshall, K
Pelusso, C
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Date: 4 January 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Volume: 11
Number: 1
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146039
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Otolaryngology
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 14:55
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2019 00:55


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