Understanding TBI and brain abnormalities

On Behalf of | May 2, 2015 | Brain Injuries

New Mexico residents may be interested in some information concerning the brain abnormalities associated with traumatic brain injuries. A new study has discovered that people suffering from mild TBI who experience of loss of consciousness exhibit structural abnormalities in the brain’s white matter. These particular abnormalities typically go undetected when using the standard CT scan techniques on mild TBI patients. The researchers were able to uncover the abnormalities but utilizing Diffusion Tensor Imaging.

The white matter abnormalities are attributed to a decline in verbal memory function of mild TBI patients. These types of injuries are common among returning military veterans who were involved in blast-related incidents. Researchers say the abnormalities discovered in the recent study could be the cause of poor memory retention. The study shows how mild TBI may have an even higher correlation with white brain matter abnormalities than post-traumatic stress disorder.

The new information indicates that cognitive changes can no longer be strictly associated with a mental health disorder. The researching physicians also expressed hopes that the study would help underscore the efficacy DTI can have with detecting mild TBI in blast-related victims and other patients. Researchers also attested that these patients may require ongoing monitoring since the long-term development of many neurodegenerative diseases is uncertain. Industry leaders are still debating the functional significance of these mild TBI injuries.

People whose brain damage was not properly diagnosed due to a medical mistake may be entitled to recover restitution for the ensuing damages. Lawyers may be prepared to gather evidence that demonstrates medical negligence and a failure to observe the proper standard of care. Injured plaintiffs are often awarded compensation for rehabilitation expenses, corrective procedures and existing and future medical expenses.


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