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Concussions

With the onset of warm weather and the spring soccer season, I am bracing for the recurrent questions regarding concussions.  Such is the life of a dad physician cheering from the sidelines. Though it is true that the fast pace, aggressive play, and frequent hard contact of soccer are a set up for this injury, many other mechanisms can be at play.  Most associate concussions with high impact, high velocity incidents; however, even less forceful traumas can be the cause, particularly when sudden and rapid head movement is also associated.  This knowledge is important:  1) we need be vigilant that, though helmets are helpful in reducing fractures and some contact forces upon vital structures, they do not add full protection against shearing forces and resulting injuries; 2) we must be observant with even less forceful injuries, such as an elbow to the head, standing up an hitting your head on a low beam, or a fall even when no obvious impact occurs, to give a...

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Fever... when hot is too hot part 1

I remember one time I was working at a large hospital, and about 1 am a mother brought her toddler in with a rectal temperature of 106.5. Even for those of us who see a lot of kids with fever, that’s pretty high. We did a full evaluation including blood work, x-rays, and lumbar puncture and got the kid admitted to the pediatric service while we waited to see if the blood cultures grew anything.  This child did fine and went home after a couple of days. Fevers continue to be one of the most common reasons people come to the hospital or see their doctors, especially in the pediatric age group.

 

I like to educate people about fevers because there are so many misconceptions. Everyone’s grandmother has an antidote for fever. Everyone knows someone who knows someone whose “brain was fried” due to fever. So many myths, so little time…

 

Aside from some unusually high fevers, usually caused by issues other than infection (discussed in the next...

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