Editor’s note: In addition to Jennifer’s excellent summary, check out the FULL and UPDATED chapter from Tintinalli’s on head injury in adults. This is available to our readers at no cost for a limited time, courtesy of Access Emergency Medicine.
Concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that classically occurs in sports-related incidents but can be due to any traumatic force to the brain. The term concussion stems from the Latin word, concussus, which means “to shake violently.” While sport is the most common cause of concussion in children, the most common causes of concussion in adults are falls and motor vehicle accidents. Young children have the highest rate of concussions in all age groups. [...]
Author: Justin Bright, MD (Senior Staff Physician, Henry Ford Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Detroit, MI) // Editor: Alex Koyfman, MD Its 7:01am. Your shift in your department’s high acuity area is just beginning, and you are waiting to receive sign out. There hasn’t even been time to get your first sip of coffee. Just […]
Evidence-based guidelines and information for the management of intracranial hemorrhage in patients taking anti-platelet agents
Should we be treating “low-risk” patients with PE as outpatients? A look at the data. Author: Jason Brown, Capt, USAF, MD (Resident Physician, University of Maryland) // Editor: Alex Koyfman, MD Background Venous thromboembolism (VTE) (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) has an incidence of roughly 1 in 1,000 (1) with an incidence of PE […]
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Moreover, skull fracture found to be more predictive than scalp swelling or vomiting for traumatic brain injury, increasing likelihood by 4-fold to 20-fold.