AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Number of Symptoms May Indicate How Likely Patients Recover From Post-concussion Syndrome

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Researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre’s (KNC) Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) have identified symptom trends that may not only help predict how soon patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) will recover, but also provide insight on how to treat those who experience persistent concussion symptoms. Using a clustergram analysis to visualize potential patterns between patients and symptoms, researchers analyzed data collected from 110 patients suffering from PCS. The results of the analysis yeilded new insights about the condition that will help health practitioners better inform and treat PCS sufferers. “These findings flag that the presence of multiple symptoms with PCS may indicate a prolonged illness,” says Dr. Charles Tator, neurosurgeon and director of the CCC who led the study. “Although more research is needed, based on these findings I would encourage health practitioners to pay attention to the multiplicity of symptoms in PCS patients and vigorously treat as many of them as possible to increase chances of recovery.” 

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