My fifteen year old has suffered 3 concussions in 9 months. He has had 3 CT scans in that time. The last concussion was almost two weeks ago. He still has headaches and some fogginess. How worried should we be about long-term damage? When will the headaches go away?
It will help us to know if there was any positive finding on the CT scan like a hematoma.
Your child is most likely suffering from a post concussion syndrome (PCS). PCS is a set of symptoms that a patient of head injury continues to experience weeks to months after the injury. The main symptoms include headache, anxiety, depression, memory issues, and dizziness. There are no medications available specifically to deal with post concussion syndrome. Medications are given to take care of the symptoms like pain killers and antidepressants.
The prognosis is excellent as most of the symptoms resolve completely over time.
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