Dr. James Kelly: Making a Sound Diagnosis for Brain Injury

Neurologist Dr. James Kelly, one of America’s top experts on treating concussions, talks about the importance of taking thorough histories before making a diagnosis for TBI.

This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Concussion: Understanding Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. See full webcast here.

How do you determine whether or not someone has had a brain injury and then how would that affect treatment? Well, again, we have to look at what actually happened to the individual at the time. And it's absolutely critical to get as much information about that as you can. So in my clinic, for instance, I'll try--if I can--to get the paramedics' information. I'll try to get eyewitness reports. I'll call individuals who have actually been living with that individual or watching that person at work, to look at the whole spectrum of change in that individual over some span of time, and try to get that information in to determine whether a concussion occurred, how bad it was, how much of that is what I need to address, versus another professional in some other area of medicine.
Posted on BrainLine May 27, 2011.

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