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Study finds mild brain injury has little effect on young psychiatric
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Among children with psychiatric disorders, those
who have suffered minor traumatic brain injuries are virtually indistinguishable
from those who have not, according to a study led by a University of Iowa
College of Medicine researcher.
"It should be a caution to child psychiatrists, pediatricians and
Dr. Jeffrey E. Max, UI assistant professor of psychiatry. "Before
attributing the child's problems to brain injury, they need to look very
closely at other factors."
Max says a chart review of patients at a child psychiatry outpatient
clinic over a three-year period matched children who had suffered mild
brain injuries with those who had not by age, sex, race and social class.
A comparison revealed little difference in psychiatric diagnoses, use of
special education services and IQ scores.
The results of the study were published in the March 1997 issue of the
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.