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How Is A Concussion Diagnosed?
Doctors will take several steps in attempting to diagnose a concussion. The diagnostic steps will begin with tests to see if concussion symptoms are present, and if these tests are positive or the symptoms are serious, further testing may be recommended.
- Neurological exam. A doctor will perform an in-office exam that tests the patient’s neurological function. This exam will include tests of reflexes, balance, strength, coordination, vision, and hearing. The exam may also include tests of memory, concentration, and cognition.
- Imaging tests. In cases where symptoms such as headache or vomiting are severe, or when symptoms seem to be getting worse, a doctor may want to perform imaging tests to rule out a more severe brain injury that has caused bleeding or swelling in the brain.
- Hospitalization and observation. A doctor may recommend hospitalization or in-home observation, often for 24 hours, to be sure that symptoms are not changing or getting worse.
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