CDC Issues First Paediatric Concussion Treatment Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the first evidence-based clinical guideline for diagnosing and managing concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in paediatric population. The guideline has been published recently in JAMA Pediatrics and consists of 19 sets of clinical recommendations that cover diagnosis, prognosis, and management and treatment.

Recommendations address imaging, symptom scales, cognitive testing, and standardized assessment for diagnosis; history and risk factor assessment, monitoring, and counseling for prognosis; and patient/family education, rest, support, return to school, and symptom management for treatment.
Some of the key recommendations are:-

• Do not routinely image patients to diagnose mTBI
• Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI
• Assess evidence-based risk factors for prolonged recovery
• Provide patients with instructions on return to activity customized to their symptoms
• Counsel patients to return gradually to non-sports activities after no more than 2-3 days of rest

About CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC focuses on infectious disease, foodborne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities, in addition, the CDC researches and provides information on non-infectious diseases such as obesity and diabetes and is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guidelines and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice. Kindly refer to the original publication here: