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Mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome

By Mar 8, 2018 Posted in Personal Injury

One-third of all concussions are missed in emergency room examinations If you were “dazed” or “confused” following an accident, and are suffering from symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, trouble sleeping, blurred vision or ringing in your ears, you may have suffered a concussion.   A mild traumatic brain injury is defined as a brief period of being “dazed or disoriented,” or a brief loss of consciousness.  Statistics show that 33% of concussions are missed in emergency room examinations.  One reason for this is that mild traumatic brain injury does NOT show up on a CT scan or an MRI.  Standard neuroimaging will identify large focal contusions or hemorrhage, but conventional CT and MRI testing does not identify diffuse axonal and vascular injury, both of which are major drivers of poor clinical outcome after traumatic brain injury. Sharp DJ, et al. Practical Neurology 2015;15:172–186. doi:10.1136/practneurol-2015-001087. Traumatic brain injury has been identified as a health epidemic Traumatic brain injury has been identified as a health epidemic by the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control. Each year over a million American suffer concussions Each year in the U.S., 1,000,000 people suffer concussions; 300,000 of these result in serious, long term injuries.  Centers for Disease Control, Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Mild traumatic brain injury can have long-lasting symptoms A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have serious and long-lasting symptoms, especially in persons […]

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Brain Injuries Are Much More Common Than You Might Think

By Apr 26, 2017 Posted in Personal Injury

Brain Injuries Are Much More Common Than You Might Think The link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – recently admitted to by the NFL – has been has been well established for years, and a prevalent topic in the media of late. Many football players suffer hundreds or even thousands of concussions and sub-concussions by the time they conclude their professional careers. That professional football players are extremely likely to develop brain disorders (with estimates as high as 97% in all positions excepting kickers) is thus somewhat unsurprising, and the sheer number of concussions they receive might make it seem unlikely that just one or even a few concussions could cause serious brain injury. Even One Concussion Can Cause Devastating Brain Dysfunction It is true that a single concussion is unlikely to cause any long-term problems. In fact, numerous studies have shown that around 80-90% of people who suffer a concussion will have no post-concussive symptoms three months later. Studies led by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and many others demonstrate, however, that the other 10-20% who suffer even one concussion will have devastating symptoms out to six months, one year, and beyond. Some studies have found that there are Vietnam veterans continuing to suffer from concussions they sustained in their service to this day. These post-concussive symptoms can include impairments in memory and cognitive functioning, as well as personality changes and severe anxiety and depression. Studies have also […]

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