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Case report: postconcussion syndrome after minor head injury.

Authors
  • Wright, S C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Publisher
Aerospace Medical Association
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1998
Volume
69
Issue
10
Pages
999–1000
Identifiers
PMID: 9773904
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 31-yr-old flight medic struck the top of his head while loading a patient onto an ambulance. He sustained a momentary alteration of sensorium but otherwise seemed fine. Approximately 1 week after the incident, he experienced the onset of headaches and disabling vertigo that persisted over the next 2 mo, gradually decreasing in severity with time. Although not deemed significant at the time of injury, a mild head injury can result in postconcussion syndrome, a collection of neurologic symptoms that can persist for some time before resolving. This case emphasizes the need for a period of observation after head trauma before clearing aviators for flying duties.

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