What is the prevalence of postconcussive syndrome (PCS)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Persistent neuropsychiatric impairment following head injury is a significant public health problem. Military populations are especially prone to penetrating injuries, with relatively more closed head injuries occurring in civilian populations. From 400,000 to 500,000 people are hospitalized in the United States every year for head injury; many more people are injured and do not require admission. Head injury is the third most likely cause of dementia, after infection and alcoholism, in people younger than 50 years. The overall incidence of traumatic brain injury is roughly 200 cases per 100,000 population.


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