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Adolescent Concussion Update

  1. 1. Overview of Concussion Epidemiology 13 th Annual Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete James J. Kinderknecht, M.D. Hospital for Special Surgery
  2. 2. HSS educational activities are carried out in a manner that serves the educational component of our Mission. As faculty we are committed to providing transparency in any/all external relationships prior to giving an academic presentation. James J. Kinderknecht, M.D. Disclosure: I DO NOT have a financial relationship with any commercial interest.
  3. 3. Concussion Definition <ul><li>Traumatically induced alteration in brain function manifested by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alteration in awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dinged, dazed, stunned, woozy, foggy, amnesic, LOC, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signs of symptoms of post-concussive syndrome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Headache, vertigo, light-headedness, balance disturbance, cognitive dysfunction, memory disturbance, hearing loss, tinnitus, vision disturbance, personality changes, drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue, inability to perform daily activities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Concussion Epidemiology <ul><li>Difficulty until recently detecting the true epidemiology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The true number of “mild” TBI’s are altered by every individual presenting to health care providers that have been injured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ability of the health care providers to accurately diagnose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asymptomatic vs asymptomatic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly there are numerous concussions that go undiagnosed </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Concussion Epidemiology <ul><li>Several levels of participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children/Adolescents/Young adults participating in non-organized activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children/Adolescents/Young adults participating in organized activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults participating in non-organized activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults participating in organized activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals participating in activities </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Concussion Epidemiology in Children/Adolescents <ul><li>Estimated 44 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the US </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 170 million adults participate in physical activities including sports </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 1.7 million TBI’s in the US annually </li></ul><ul><li>CDC estimates 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur annually in sports and recreational activities and has deemed it a public health issue </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reported Concussion Rates <ul><li>High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System </li></ul><ul><li>NCAA Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of reported concussions increased 7% from 1988/1989 to the 2003/2004 seasons </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Concussion Injury Rate per 1000 Athletic Exposures <ul><li>1988/1989 to 2003/2004 NCAA seasons </li></ul><ul><li>Athletic exposure defined as one athlete participating in one game or practice </li></ul>
  9. 9. Concussion Injury Rate per 1000 Athletic Exposures <ul><li>Men’s </li></ul><ul><li>Spring FB .54 </li></ul><ul><li>Ice hockey .41 </li></ul><ul><li>Football .37 </li></ul><ul><li>Soccer .28 </li></ul><ul><li>Lacrosse .25 </li></ul><ul><li>Wrestling .25 </li></ul><ul><li>Basketball .16 </li></ul><ul><li>Baseball .07 </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s </li></ul><ul><li>Ice hockey .91* </li></ul><ul><li>Soccer .41 </li></ul><ul><li>Lacrosse .25 </li></ul><ul><li>Basketball .22 </li></ul><ul><li>Field hockey .18 </li></ul><ul><li>Gymnastics .16 </li></ul><ul><li>Softball .14 </li></ul><ul><li>Volleyball .09 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Concussion Rates in HS and NCAA Practice and Games in the 2005/2006 Season <ul><li>College </li></ul><ul><li>FB .39 P 3.02 G </li></ul><ul><li>M Soc .24 P 1.38 G </li></ul><ul><li>W VB .21 P .13 G </li></ul><ul><li>M BB .22 P .45 G </li></ul><ul><li>W BB .31 P .85 G </li></ul><ul><li>WR .35 P 1.0 G </li></ul><ul><li>BasB .03 P .23 G </li></ul><ul><li>SB .07 P .37 G </li></ul><ul><li>High School </li></ul><ul><li>FB .21 P 1.55 G </li></ul><ul><li>M Soc .04 P .59 G </li></ul><ul><li>W VB .09 P .97 G </li></ul><ul><li>M BB .06 P .11 G </li></ul><ul><li>W BB .06 P .60 G </li></ul><ul><li>WR .13 P .32 G </li></ul><ul><li>BasB .03 P .08 G </li></ul><ul><li>SB .09 P .04 G </li></ul>
  11. 11. Incidence in High School Sports <ul><li>Lincoln et al. AJSM Jan 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Prospective 11 Year Study 1997/1998 to 2007/2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Six boy’s sports/Six girl’s sports </li></ul><ul><li>25 high schools (all with athletic trainers and EMR) </li></ul><ul><li>10,926,892 athletic exposures </li></ul><ul><li>2651 concussions (incidence rate of 0.24) </li></ul><ul><li>Various methods of diagnosis </li></ul>
  12. 12. AJSM Lincoln et al. <ul><li>Boys sports were 53% of AE and 75% concussions </li></ul><ul><li>Football (rate .6) was more than half the concussions with boy’s lacrosse being the next most common (rate .3) </li></ul><ul><li>FB was 11x that of baseball (lowest rate .06) </li></ul><ul><li>Girl’s soccer (rate .35) with lacrosse (rate .2) </li></ul><ul><li>G soccer was 6x that of cheerleading (rate .06) </li></ul>
  13. 13. AJSM Lincoln et al. <ul><li>Overall concussion rate increased from .12 AE’s in 1998 to 0.49 in 2008 and a ave. yearly increase of 15.5% (increased in all sports) </li></ul><ul><li>Big jump in 2005 (more trainers) </li></ul><ul><li>Boys BB less than girls BB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.10 to.16 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Boys soccer less than girls soccer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.17 to .35 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar data to other published studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gessel et al J Athl Train 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rechel et al J Athl Train 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Concussion Epidemiology <ul><li>Several factors that may be contributing to a false “rate increase” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More trained “evaluators” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, parents, other athletes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDC programs (Heads Up) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New state laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rule changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased education from sports-bodies (NCAA, NATA, etc) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Concussion Epidemiology <ul><li>Factors that may be contributing to a true “rate increase” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements of football helmet design: Plastic shell; facemasks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Led to different playing techniques: Leading with the head; spearing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helmet probably protects from focal injuries, but likely not protective of diffuse injuries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1976 anti-spearing rule </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased catastrophic head and C-spine injuries, but likely not concussions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger/Stronger/Faster </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Concussion Epidemiology <ul><li>NFL MTBI Committee Pellman et al. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee formed in 1994 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NFL Team Physicians Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NFL Athletic Trainers Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NFL equipment managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studied NFL concussions from 1996-2001 Broad definition of concussion </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. NFL concussion study <ul><li>Part 1 (Neurosurg 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Video analysis: Head impacts greater for </li></ul><ul><li>concussive impacts vs non-concussive </li></ul><ul><li>Translational acceleration from impacts </li></ul><ul><li>on facemask or side </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2 (Neurosurg 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Video analysis: Lower acceleration for </li></ul><ul><li>concussion if hit on facemask </li></ul>
  18. 18. NFL concussion study <ul><li>Part 3 (Neurosurg 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>787 concussions = .41 per game </li></ul><ul><li>most in QB’s, WR’s, DB’s </li></ul><ul><li> 67.7% helmet-helmet </li></ul><ul><li>20.9% another body part </li></ul><ul><li>11.4% ground </li></ul><ul><li>9.3% LOC </li></ul><ul><li>Half returned within 1 day; 92% within </li></ul><ul><li>one week </li></ul>
  19. 19. Age Considerations in Concussion <ul><li>Catastrophic injuries (death or permanent neurologic injury) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most in football </li></ul></ul><ul><li>133 catastrophic injuries since 1982/1983 in FB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>120 HS athletes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 college athletes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 “sandlot” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0 professionals </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Second Impact Syndrome <ul><li>First described in 1973 (Schneider) </li></ul><ul><li>Malignant cerebral edema exists in case reports after head trauma, but is it really second impact ? </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous case reports, essentially all under 22 y/o </li></ul><ul><li>Rare, but devasting, occurrence </li></ul><ul><li>Unclear whether it has occurred in an asymptomatic person </li></ul>
  21. 21. Possible Genetic Factore <ul><li>Apolipoprotein E e4 (APOE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jordan el al (JAMA 1997) 30 boxers with chronic brain injury scores High exposure scored 2.6 APOE (+) 3.9 Low exposure scored 0.3 APOE (+) 1.8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teasdale et al (Lancet 1997) 89 head injuries Unfavorable outcome 57% APOE (+) 27% APOE (+) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Apolipoprotein E <ul><li>Tierney et al (Clin J Sports Med 2010) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carriers of all 3 APOE rare alleles (0.7% of the population) were 10x more likely to report a concussion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All studies have been retrospective designs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross sectional and case-control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Too early to determine anything </li></ul>
  23. 23. Conclusions/Summary What do we know? <ul><li>Concussions occur with fair frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Concussions are under reported/under recognized </li></ul><ul><li>Definite neurocognitive and pathologic effects </li></ul>
  24. 24. Conclusions/Summary What don’t we know? <ul><li>True pathology: neuronal cell death vs temporary dysfunction </li></ul><ul><li>Existence and risk of “second impact syndrome” </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative effects: concussive vs sub- concussive effects </li></ul><ul><li>Prognostic parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic factors </li></ul><ul><li>Best evaluation tools </li></ul>
  25. 25. HSS educational activities are carried out in a manner that serves the educational component of our Mission. As faculty we are committed to providing transparency in any/all external relationships prior to giving an academic presentation. Baxter B. Allen, M.D. Weill Cornell Medical College Disclosure: I DO NOT have a financial relationship with any commercial interest.
  26. 26. Baxter B. Allen, MD Research Associate in Child Neurology Weill Cornell Medical College
  27. 27. Blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. Severity …. may range from &quot;mild,&quot; i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to &quot;severe,&quot; i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. TBI can result in short or long-term problems with independent function. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) CDC 7/06
  28. 28. Mod Mild Severe Sports concussion ? “ Minimal” Glasgow Coma Scale Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. 3 rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, Nov 2008
  29. 29. Loss of consciousness < 30 minutes or amnesia <24 hours or altered mental status at time of injury Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score 13-15, measured ≥30 mins after injury lower GCS = moderate to severe ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2006 Current Pharmaceutical Design, 2001, 7, 1475 Concussion
  30. 30. Deformation of elastic brain within rigid skull Sudden acceleration or deceleration Focal contusions, hematomas, diffuse injury Neuronal axonal processes Not necessarily transection early Derangement of cytoskeletal elements Microtubules, neurofilaments Interrupt transport Delayed, progressive proteolysis Primary v secondary injury ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2006 Current Pharmaceutical Design, 2001, 7, 1475
  31. 31. COUP - CONTRECOUP INJURY
  32. 32. Biomechanical investigations dating back to the beginning of the 20th century suggest that concussion results from a rotational motion of the cerebral hemispheres in the anterior–posterior plane, around the fulcrum of the fixed-in-place upper brain stem. N Engl J Med 2007;356:166-72. Mechanism of Concussion Viano et al
  33. 33. <ul><li>Littre (1705): negative autopsy findings in a fatal head injury </li></ul><ul><li>Koch (1874): concussion due to the shaking of nervous structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not to any structural defect. Claimed repeated small blows paralyzed the respiratory, vasomotor and pupillary centres </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kramer: due to momentary compression of the brain, which </li></ul><ul><ul><li>compression, exerted by the cerebrospinal fluid, collapsed the cerebral vessels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maasland: sudden ↑ICP Stops respiration and heart beat </li></ul><ul><li>Required high pressures (5 kg.) on the bare dura of dog </li></ul><ul><li>Witkowski (1877) not vascular changes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frogs continued to move after removal of heart, stunned by blow to head, then began moving again. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experimental concussion - Occurrence of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>immediate traumatic paralysis of reflex function, with no visible CNS lesions. Subconcussive blows depress but not abolish reflex function </li></ul></ul>Denny-Brown D. Experimental cerebral concussion. Brain 1941; 64:93
  34. 34. <ul><li>Physical signs (eg. loss of consciousness, amnesia) </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>somatic (eg. headache) </li></ul><ul><li>cognitive (eg. feeling like in a fog) </li></ul><ul><li>emotional symptoms (eg. lability) </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioural changes (eg. irritablity) </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive impairment (eg. slowed reaction times) </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep disturbance (eg. drowsiness) </li></ul>Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. 3 rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, Nov 2008
  35. 35. <ul><li>Glutamate release and Ionic Flux </li></ul><ul><li>Alterations to Glucose Metabolism and Mitochondrial Function </li></ul><ul><li>Alterations to Cerebral Blood Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Axonal Injury </li></ul><ul><li>Alterations in Brain Activation </li></ul><ul><li>Acute Response to Repeat Concussion </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative Injury and Chronic Sequelae </li></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  36. 36. <ul><ul><li>Membrane deformation leads to potassium efflux and release of excitatory amino acids, especially glutamate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glutamate binds NMDA and AMPA ionic channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calcium influx and further depolarization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depolarization leads to neuron suppression resembling spreading depression </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ATP-dependent Na+/K+ pumps work to restore ionic balance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High levels of glucose metabolism due to high energy needs (lasts from .5 – 4 hours in rat TBI experiments) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lactate production is increased, leading to local acidosis, increased membrane permeability, and cerebral edema </li></ul></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  37. 37. TAKAHASHI H. Changes in extracellular potassium concentration in cortex and brain stem during the acute phase of experimental closed head injury. J Neurosurg 55:708-717, 1981
  38. 38. <ul><ul><li>Initial hyperglycolysis followed by prolonged period of hypo metabolism (up to 5 days in rat study) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NMDA channel activation leads to influx of Ca++ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ca++ accumulates in mitochondria </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leads to glucose oxidative dysfunction </li></ul></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  39. 39. <ul><ul><li>Triphasic alteration in severe TBI, but not well studied in mild TBI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initial cerebral hypoperfusion (day 0) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cerebral hyperemia (days 1-3) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cerebral vasospasm (days 4-15) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence of acute impairment of regulation of venous tone in concussion </li></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48. Dicheskul ML & Kulikov VP. Arterial and venous brain reactivity in the acute period of cerebral concussion. Neurosci Behav Physiol. 2011 Jan;41(1):64-7.
  40. 40. <ul><ul><li>Mechanical stretching of axonal cell membranes leads same effects as above with additional consequences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neurofilament compaction acutely due to phosphorylation or proteolysis of sidearms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Destabilization of microtubules due to calcium influx </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interferes with axonal transport, causing axonal blebbing and even disconnection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like reversible injury in mild TBI, which progresses through cortical and subcortical structures over 4-6 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correlated with impaired cognition in rat model </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DTI imaging confirms similar process in humans </li></ul></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  41. 41. Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) – The severe end of the spectrum
  42. 42. <ul><li>J. Ng 1 , M. Wahl 1 , E. Tong 1 , H. Lee 2 , S. Veeraraghavan 1 , D. Xu1, S. Zhao 1 , J. Kornak 1 , M. Meeker 2 , J. Ghajar 3 , G. T. Manley 2 , and P. Mukherjee 1 </li></ul><ul><li>1 Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 2 Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 3 Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell and Brain Trauma Foundation, New York, NY, United States </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>Yang FG, Ghajar J, Manley JT, Mukherjee P. (In preparation) </li></ul>
  44. 45. <ul><li>The most frequently damaged area, ACR is correlated with working memory deficits acutely in those patients with Right side lesions </li></ul><ul><li>Early mTBI + Controls FA vs LDFR </li></ul><ul><li>p< 0.05) </li></ul>
  45. 46. CHRONIC mTBI       Acute (n=28)    Chronic (n=17) R ACR    18%                  59% L ACR     14%                  24% Both        14%                 18% Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. July 2010 (In Press)
  46. 47. Smits M. Microstructural brain injury in post-concussion syndrome after minor head injury. Neuroradiol 2010; 10 MD mean diffusitivity FA fractional anisotropy SLF superior longitudinal fasciculus IFO inferior frontal fasciculus ILF inferior longitudinal fasciculus Severity of post-concussive symptoms significantly correlates with ↓white matter integrity (↑in diffusivity ➙↓anisotropic diffusion.)
  47. 48. <ul><ul><li>NMDA receptor downregulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Occurs 2-4 days after initial injury </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Returns to normal after day 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correlates with decreases in LTP induction during this period </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LTP does not always fully recover immediately (up to 8 weeks post-injury) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human fMRI shows abnormal activation of neural circuits, correlates with prolonged recovery </li></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  48. 49. <ul><ul><li>“ Second Impact Syndrome” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catastrophic cerebral edema after an apparent concussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can result in coma and severe neurological deficit/mortality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likely due to underlying physiological changes in brain function due to first impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Window of vulnerability appears to follow window of impairment </li></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  49. 50. <ul><ul><li>Multiple concussions associated with cumulative effects on function and cognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early onset of memory disturbances </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possible early dementia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boxers with chronic traumatic encephalopathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Severe impairment accompanied by ApoE-4 alleles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ApoE-4 transgenic mice have more diffuse plaques after experimental TBI than control mice (not examined after repeat injury) </li></ul></ul></ul>Barkhoudrain G et al. The Molecular Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury. Clin Sports Med 30 (2011): 33-48.
  50. 51. Diffusion anisotropy maps and diffusion tensor imaging-based white matter trac- tography of a representative boxer (A and B ; 27 years old) and a control (C and D ; 29 years old). Intensity is proportional to anisotropy and color shows the direction. The boxer has decreased anisotropy in CC and anterior and posterior limb of IC compared with the healthy control subjects. Fiber tracking showed overall fewer trackable white matter fibers in this boxer ’s brain (B ) compared with that of a control subject (D ). The difference in fibers through the corpus callosum is particularly striking. Am J Neuroradiol 27:2000 – 04 Oct 2006
  51. 52. Bijur PE. Cognitive Outcomes of Multiple Mild Head Injuries in Children. J Dev Behav Pediatr 1996. 17:143.
  52. 53. Alzheimer ’s disease, mild cognitive impairment Synergistic interaction of environmental and genetic factors in dementia. Data do not suggest the 2 factors influence clinical presentation or course Functional Neurology 2006; 21(4): 223-228 APOE4 and TBI
  53. 54. Schmidt OI. Closed head injury—an inflammatory disease? Brain Res Rev 2005; 48: 388
  54. 55. HSS educational activities are carried out in a manner that serves the educational component of our Mission. As faculty we are committed to providing transparency in any/all external relationships prior to giving an academic presentation. Kenneth Perrine, Ph.D. Weill-Cornell College of Medicine Disclosure: I DO NOT have a financial relationship with any commercial interest.
  55. 56. Neurocognitive Testing for All? Kenneth Perrine, Ph.D. Department of Neurological Surgery Weill-Cornell Medical College Consultant: NY Jets, NY Islanders
  56. 57. What is a neuropsychologist? <ul><ul><li>Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical psychology or neuropsychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coursework in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology, clinical neurology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internship in neuropsychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fellowship (1-2y) in neuropsychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus is on assessment of higher cortical functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very little involvement in mental heath/psychiatric issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beware “back-door” neuropsychologists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily a psychologist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge acquisition through weekend workshops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No board certification (a “certificate” is not the same) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  57. 58. Neuropsychological Testing <ul><li>Types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper-and-Pencil/Question-Answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computerized </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Areas assessed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Executive Functions” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mediated by frontal lobe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning, organizing, sequencing, reasoning, problem solving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention, concentration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial Ability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motor: Fine motor speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychological (personality) functioning </li></ul></ul>
  58. 59. Types of Traditional Batteries <ul><li>Typical Battery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assesses all areas described above </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From 3 – 5 hours of face-face testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expensive ($1,000 – 3,000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not target referral question </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Targeted Battery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailored to presenting problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter, cheaper </li></ul></ul>
  59. 61. Stroop Test <ul><li>RED </li></ul><ul><li>GREEN </li></ul><ul><li>BLUE GREEN </li></ul><ul><li>RED </li></ul><ul><li>BLUE </li></ul><ul><li>RED </li></ul><ul><li>GREEN </li></ul><ul><li>RED </li></ul>
  60. 62. Spatial Ability: Construction and Memory
  61. 63. Spatial Ability: Visual Synthesis
  62. 65. Memory: List Learning <ul><li>Bowl Fork </li></ul><ul><li>Dawn Rum </li></ul><ul><li>Passion Pan </li></ul><ul><li>Judgment Pistol </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Sword </li></ul><ul><li>Bee Spatula </li></ul><ul><li>Plane Bourbon </li></ul><ul><li>Country Vodka </li></ul><ul><li>Choice Pot </li></ul><ul><li>Seed Bomb </li></ul><ul><li>Wool Rifle </li></ul><ul><li>Meal Wine </li></ul>
  63. 66. Post-Concussion Neuropsychological Testing <ul><li>Areas affected most by concussion </li></ul><ul><li>Attention, concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Visuo-motor ability </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive speed </li></ul><ul><li>Motor speed </li></ul>
  64. 67. Computerized Batteries <ul><li>Can be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free-standing on 1 or more computers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common batteries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ImPACT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ANAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MicroCog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CNS Vital Signs </li></ul></ul>
  65. 68. Computerized Batteries <ul><li>Reliability is very poor </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion over instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Wrong buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Accidentally moving screen to screen </li></ul><ul><li>No way to monitor effort </li></ul><ul><li>“Sandbagging” at baseline </li></ul><ul><li>Computer glitches– screen savers, backups </li></ul>
  66. 69. ImPACT Battery <ul><li>6 subtests and a symptom checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Combined to form composites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal Memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Motor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaction Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impulse Control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Norms and Reliable Change Indexes </li></ul>
  67. 70. My Battery: <30’ <ul><li>Pittsburgh Post-Concussion Scale </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal learning: 12 words, 3 trials, recall, recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Non-verbal learning: 6 geometric shapes, 3 trials, free recall </li></ul><ul><li>Visuo-motor: Trail Making Test </li></ul><ul><li>Visuo-motor learning: Digit Symbol </li></ul><ul><li>Attention/concentration: Digit Span </li></ul><ul><li>Fine motor speed: Grooved Pegboard Test </li></ul><ul><li>Frontal executive/cognitive speed: Stroop Test </li></ul><ul><li>Review of ImPACT computerized battery </li></ul>
  68. 71. Protocols <ul><li>NHL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Baseline: All athletes do computerized (ImPACT) testing by neuropsychologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-Concussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ImPACT performed by neuropsychologist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paper-and-pencil performed by neuropsychologist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>NFL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar, but ImPACT performed by trainer and complete paper/pencil baseline testing by neuropsychologist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BOTH </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Athlete is cleared to resume heavier exercise and practice ONLY after symptom-free and normal neurocognitive testing (both p-p & ImPACT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gradual introduction of more intense exercise, practice without contact, practice with contact </li></ul></ul>
  69. 72. Neurocognitive Testing for Concussions from School Sports Injuries <ul><li>Face-Face vs. Computerized </li></ul><ul><li>Baseline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical only for computerized batteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sandbagging dilemma </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While symptomatic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After symptom-free </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Utility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detect abnormalities not self-reported </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degree: Compare to baseline or to normative group </li></ul></ul>
  70. 73. Utilizing a Neuropsychologist <ul><li>Pro: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can monitor effort, reliability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look in their eyes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-sports related issues– family, financial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility to target specific symptom complexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensitivity/specificity of neurocognitive tests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Con: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Availability </li></ul></ul>
  71. 74. Utility of Neurocognitive Testing <ul><li>USUALLY neurocognitive testing is normal once athlete is symptom-free </li></ul><ul><li>Argument for not using neurocognitive testing </li></ul><ul><li>Those who remain NOT symptom-free pose the problem– why? Cerebral functioning? Psychosocial isues? Back on the horse? </li></ul>
  72. 75. Factors Affecting School Athletes <ul><li>Denial of symptoms in hopes of return to play </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation: excused from school, attention </li></ul><ul><li>Woody Allen Syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Other psychosocial factors </li></ul><ul><li>Computerized battery cannot address all of these issues </li></ul>
  73. 76. When to Refer for Neurocognitive Testing <ul><li>PCS symptoms are not remitting </li></ul><ul><li>History of multiple prior concussions </li></ul><ul><li>Positive findings on neuroimaging, neurologic examination </li></ul><ul><li>Suspicion of non-sports related factors </li></ul>
  74. 77. MOTTO <ul><li>WHEN IN DOUBT, </li></ul><ul><li>HOLD THEM OUT </li></ul>

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