Cerebral microhemorrhages in a collegiate football player: Clinical implications in the management of sports concussion

Academic Article


  • Most concussions in sports medicine are managed without advanced neurological imaging. However, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are sometimes used in the management of complex sports concussions to identify acute/ delayed intracranial bleeding or other associated pathology. Advances in imaging techniques have led to greater resolution and the identification of pathology of uncertain clinical significance. This report describes the presence of persistent cerebral microhemorrhages identified on magnetic resonance imaging in a collegiate football player who suffered a concussion. The associated risks and clinical significance of cerebral microhemorrhages have not been determined in the young athletic population. This case highlights provocative issues in the management of sports concussions as related to findings on modern neurological imaging and their potential implication on to return-to-play considerations. © 2009 The Author(s).
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  • Asif IM; Harmon KG; Drezner JA; O'Kane JW
  • Start Page

  • 391
  • End Page

  • 394
  • Volume

  • 2
  • Issue

  • 5