Children with ADHD are more susceptible to disability following brain injury.

July 02, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Researchers at the University of Pittsburg studied 93 children with mild closed head injury TBI from 2003-2010.  48 of the children had been previously diagnosed with ADHD.  The results of their study are interesting. It appears that ADHD predisposes individuals to moderate brain injuries and longer recovery times even after controlling for injury type, age, sex and other factors.

Approximately 25 % of the patients with ADHD had a moderate disability after 25 weeks, while 56% had recovered fully at that point. Only 2% of the children without ADHD had developed a disability and 84% had fully recovered after only 7 weeks. 

According to Dr. Christopher M. Bonfield, study co-author, “Our study provides evidence that for children with ADHD who sustain a TBI, different treatment and patient and family education may be necessary to achieve optimal outcomes." 

The study may have implications on recreational actvity choices made by parents, and treatment and recovery for the patients of TBI with ADHD.

You can read the entire paper entitled in Journal of Neurosurgery 2013: Pediatrics Bonfield CM, Lam S, Lin Y, Greene S. The impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on recovery from mild traumatic brain injury

 

 

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