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A 29-year-old female asked:

How often are bumps to head really concussions? is just a headache for a day or two after a concussion? do these mild hits and bumps cause cte later?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mahan Chehrenama
Specializes in Neurology
Variable : Not all bumps, blows or jolts to the head or body lead to concussions. Headache is a symptom of either impact to the head/skull or the jolt to the brain and hence can be a sufficient but not diagnostic marker for an actual concussion. Post traumatic headaches at times can persist for months to years. CTE is seen rarely in repetitive head injury without even a single diagnosed concussion.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Concussion.: Not every bump to the head, however strong or light, will lead to a concussion. A concussion is suggested by a specific set of symptoms that spans the day or two after an episode of significant trauma to the head. If these symptoms are not present, then it’s probably just a bump to the head.
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Last updated Nov 9, 2020


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