Some concussion tests could give wrong results, FDA warns
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents, coaches and health care providers not to use products that claim to assess,
diagnose or manage a head injury, including concussion. Several products, such as
smartphone apps marketed for use during sporting events, are not FDA-approved. Using
these unapproved medical devices could lead to an incorrect diagnosis, according to
A diagnosis of head injury can only be made after a child is examined by a health
care professional, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
During the exam, the health care provider might use one of a handful of medical devices
that is FDA-approved as part of the process of diagnosing, treating and managing head
injury. According to the AAP, there is no test to predict how long it will take for
a child to recover.
If a child is suspected of having a head injury, medical attention should be sought