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Pediatric Concussion

What is a concussion?

The term mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is used interchangeably with the term concussion. A mild TBI or concussion is a disruption in the function of the brain as a result of a forceful blow to the head, either direct or indirect. This disturbance of brain function is typically not detected with a normal CT scan or MRI. A concussion results in a set of physical, cognitive emotional and/or sleep-related symptoms and often does not involve a loss of consciousness. Duration of symptoms is highly variable and may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months, or even longer in some cases.

A complete evaluation is important to determine the effects of the concussion and to develop an appropriate treatment plan. This will also be an important tool in deciding when the child is ready to return to normal activities including school, social activities and sports.

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Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Gerard Gioia

Gerard Gioia

Division Chief, Neuropsychology
Director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program
Departments

Departments

Concussion Program

The Concussion Program at Children’s National Hospital evaluates, monitors and manages the care of children and adolescents with concussions (known as mild traumatic brain injury).

Neuropsychology Outpatient Evaluation

Neurological disorders and injuries that affect the brain, including developmental problems and injury from an accident or birth trauma, can influence the way a child thinks, learns, behaves and expresses emotions.

Trauma and Burn Surgery

Children's National has the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., area and accepts trauma patients from all geographic areas. We partner with the Maryland Shock Trauma System to provide coverage in Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties.

Neuropsychology

Children’s National Hospital has some of the world’s foremost experts in care for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system.

Neurology

Our pediatric neuroscience team is the largest in the country, allowing us to offer our vast experience to patients and families.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

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