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Should I call 9-1-1 for someone who may have a concussion?

Mark P. Caruso, MD
Internal Medicine
It is always best to call 911 if you are not sure. The need for urgent care depends on the severity of a concussion, but it is always the best course to get checked out.
Symptoms of a concussion include changes in alertness, feeling confused, nausea, vomiting and headache.
More serious symptoms include convulsions or seizures, muscle weakness, walking or balance problems and unconsciousness -- continuous or intermittent.
A concussion can result from a fall, sports activities, or car accidents. A jarring of the brain can cause a person to lose alertness. How long the person stays unconscious may be a sign of the severity of the concussion.
Every suspected concussion should be treated seriously -- call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

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