Kids With Minor Head Injury May Not Need
FRIDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalization for further
observation isn't necessary for most children who've suffered minor
blunt head trauma and have normal CT scans, a new study
Researchers examined data from 13,543 U.S. children aged 18
years and younger with minor blunt head trauma, who were treated at
25 emergency departments across the country between 2004 and
Of those children, less than 1 percent had abnormal CT scans or
MRIs and none of them required neurosurgery, according to the
report published in the June 17 online edition of the journal
Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Although blunt head trauma is the leading cause of death in
children over 1 year of age, these findings show that children with
normal CT scans following minor blunt head trauma are at low risk
for serious problems, the researchers explained.
"We now have definitive evidence supporting discharging most neurologically normal children with head trauma after negative CT scans home from the emergency department," lead author James Homes, a professor of medicine in the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, said in a university news release.
"Sending these patients home with their parents not only provides good, safe care but it also saves costs. It is a win for everyone concerned," he added.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
head injuries in children.
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