Post-concussional symptoms following minor head injury

Injury. 1989 Jul;20(4):193-4. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(89)90109-5.


The effect of admission to hospital after a minor head injury on the incidence and duration of post-concussional symptoms was investigated. A total of 114 adults with a minor head injury were randomly allocated to admission for 24 h or to discharge from the accident department. Follow-up was by postal questionnaire. This revealed that 90 per cent of patients suffered symptoms lasting an average of 2 weeks. The patients who were discharged had symptoms that lasted a shorter time. Admission to hospital does not reduce the incidence and severity of symptoms following minor head injuries in adults.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Concussion / etiology*
  • Brain Concussion / physiopathology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Surveys and Questionnaires