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Criteria for the Second Impact Syndrome

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

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Description:

The Second Impact Syndrome occurs when an athlete who has received an initial head injury suffers a second head injury before the symptoms of the first have fully cleared. The second injury is followed by the rapid onset of diffuse cerebral swelling which, if untreated, can progress to brainstem herniation and death.

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