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Postconcussion Syndrome Causes & Risks


The exact cause of PCS is unknown. Several factors contribute to PCS, including:

  • Microscopic brain damage from a mild brain injury
  • Psychological or emotional stress that results from a mild brain injury

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing PCS. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • A mild concussion or brain injury caused by a car accident or assault
  • Feeling depressed or being diagnosed with depression after a mild brain injury
  • Low social support, including not having a lot of close friends or people to confide in after a mild brain injury

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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