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2020 May 08

J Neurosurg Pediatr

Assessing the predictive value of primary evaluation with the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test following head injury.


Hannah T, Dreher N, Li AY, Shankar DS, Adams R, Gometz A, Lovell MR, Choudhri TF
J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020 May 08:1-8.
PMID: 32384275.


Concussions are a major public health concern, especially for high school and college student athletes. However, there are few prognostic metrics that can accurately quantify concussion severity in order to anticipate recovery time and symptom regression. The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (ImPACT) is a widely used neurocognitive assessment that can diagnose and track recovery from concussions. This study assesses whether initial ImPACT scores, collected within 48 hours of the injury, can predict persistence of concussion at follow-up.