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Can a concussion be missed even after a CT scan?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Wont show

Concussions don't show on ct, only bleeding.
Concussion: 1. (medicine / pathology) a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or a fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness 2. Any violent shaking; jarring definition of contusion:, to bruise, an injury that does not disrupt the integrity of the skin, caused by a blow to the body and characterized by swelling, discoloration, and pain.

In brief: Wont show

Concussions don't show on ct, only bleeding.
Concussion: 1. (medicine / pathology) a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or a fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness 2. Any violent shaking; jarring definition of contusion:, to bruise, an injury that does not disrupt the integrity of the skin, caused by a blow to the body and characterized by swelling, discoloration, and pain.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Clinical diagnosis

A concussion is a clinical diagnosis, or signs/symptoms not seen on a ct scan.
A ct scan shows bleeding (hemorrhage, hematoma), brain without enough blood flow (infarct) or fractures (breaks in bone). It might show contusion or swelling (edema). But usually with a concussion (altered mental status, possible visual changes, dizziness), you have a normal ct scan.

In brief: Clinical diagnosis

A concussion is a clinical diagnosis, or signs/symptoms not seen on a ct scan.
A ct scan shows bleeding (hemorrhage, hematoma), brain without enough blood flow (infarct) or fractures (breaks in bone). It might show contusion or swelling (edema). But usually with a concussion (altered mental status, possible visual changes, dizziness), you have a normal ct scan.
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