Concussion (concussion): Diagnosis

21 October 2017

The suspicion of a concussion (concussion) has to be a careful examination confirmed. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor asks the person concerned and, if witnesses initially on the symptoms, examines awareness and motor skills, as well as the general condition of the person. On examination, it is particularly important to rule out more serious injuries.

With a concussion, there is a slight head injury. Based on the so-called Glasgow Coma Scale (Engl .: Glasgow Coma Scale, GCS) provide the physician determines the severity of the trauma in adults. Use the scale to detect the state of consciousness of the person concerned. For this, the doctor performs various reaction tests and awards for each reaction points. In the tests, it checks roughly three aspects:

The worse this response, the less points you get. If the patient to a test no reaction, he only gets 1 point for this category. A total of 3 to 15 points can be achieved, with three points for a heavy, 15 points for a light head injury are. With a slight head injury such as concussion, the patient achieved on the scale 13 to 15 points.

CT of the skull: Using a computerized physician can determine whether there are any further damage © Jupiter Images / iStockphoto

To rule out serious injury, a CT scan may be useful.


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