Ten-year-old concussed patient participates in research to identify biomarkers in mild traumatic brain injuries

Lewis Rand, an active 10-year-old, suffered a mild traumatic brain injury Oct. 20 during soccer practice when he fell, hitting his head on a metal post.

As he did not lose consciousness, Lewis did not think anything of the incident and continued practicing. But as symptoms developed over the following days, Lewis was ultimately referred to Children’s of Alabama, where his concussion fit the criteria to be involved in the ongoing research within University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry’s Vestibular and Oculomotor Research Clinic, or VORClinic.

His mother, Anne Rand, noticed a change in Lewis’ eating habits, stamina, engagement in his schoolwork and health; he was pale and had clammy skin and headaches. Lewis was not having the more recognizable signs of concussion — blurred vision, seeing double or vomiting. His symptoms were more subtle and hard for a 10-year-old to describe.

Anne took him to their pediatrician, where they performed a series of neurological tests. Lewis passed all the tests.

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Posted: Dec. 18, 2015