[Which factors are predictive for long-term complaints after mild traumatic brain injuries?]

Versicherungsmedizin. 2008 Jun 1;60(2):78-83.
[Article in German]


Each year 330 of every 100,000 inhabitants in Germany suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. About 25% suffer persisting post-concussion syndrome (headache, dizziness). Although many studies have been carried out to make a prognosis of the long-term outcome of these patients, there are still no relevant tests for a valuable statement. The aim of our study was to identify parameters to predict post-traumatic complaints. Therefore we conducted a prospective study of 74 patients who were admitted with a mild traumatic brain injury in our hospital from March 2004 till October 2006. We were able to show a significant correlation between complaints and a pathological CT-scan and biochemical markers during the first two weeks. For long-term complaints only the SKT (Syndromkurztest) we used for a neuropsychological assesment was able to show a significant correlation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis*
  • Brain Concussion / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Mathematical Computing
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Neurologic Examination / statistics & numerical data
  • Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome / etiology*
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed