Head injury is traditionally divided into minor, moderate or severe head injury, depending on the patient’s presenting level of consciousness as expressed in the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score. Th e vast majority of patients (>90%) present with a normal or nearnormal level of consciousness (GSC score of 13–15) and are thus classifi ed as minor head injury patients (1, 2). With an estimated 60 000 patients annually in the Netherlands, minor head injury forms a major health care and societal burden. Despite being classifi ed as ‘minor’, the injury is not inconsequential. Consequences of minor head injury can be divided into early, potentially lifethreatening complications, and long-term functional disability as well as a wide range of postconcussive complaints.

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Keywords GCS score, head injury
Promotor M.G.M. Hunink (Myriam)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor ZonMW (DO 945-06-309), College voor Zorgverzekeringen, Radiologisch onderzoek Nederland (RADION)
ISBN 978-90-90-22918-8
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/12657
Citation
Smits, M. (2008, June 25). Imaging in Minor Head Injury: Early complications and late consequences. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/12657