Sleep Disorders Following Trauma Brain Injury in School Aged Children-Presentation of a Greek Survey Study
Introduction: Sleep disorders with potentially important developmental consequences have been neglected in the care of children with TBI. Reports in the literature are few with controversial findings. Objective: The present study aims to study the prevalence and the nature of sleep disorders in children aged between 6-14 years old following a trauma brain incident. Methods: A survey study was conducted in a tertiary hospital from October 2009 to May 2011. 129 patients aged 6-14years old were evaluated for sleep disorders 90-95 days after trauma brain injury. Data from 38 children were excluded from the study due to presence of post-concussion syndrome. Results: Among the participants 14.5% of the males and 13.3% of the females were found suffer sleep disorders. Sleep disorders were strongly related with the severity of brain injuries.All cases of sleep disorders were insomnias. Conclusion: A strong relation between sleep disorders and severity of TBI children aged 6-14yrs old was found. Yet, further studies upon the subject are necessary.
Brain Injury, Sleep Disorder, Post Concussion Syndrome
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