Print Edition - 2019-06-06  |  Health and Living

Even mild brain injuries tied to lasting functional deficits

  • Cognitive health

Jun 6, 2019-

People who have mild traumatic brain injuries may be more likely to have lasting functional deficits that get in the way of daily activities than patients who experience other types of injuries, a US study suggests. Although long-term cognitive and physical impairments are well known after-

effects of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, doctors are less certain of the expected course of recovery for people with mild traumatic brain injuries. The new study involved 1,154 patients with mild traumatic brain injuries and 299 patients with orthopedic injuries but no head trauma. Two weeks after their injuries, 87 percent of brain injury patients and 93 percent of the other trauma patients reported functional limitations, a difference that was too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance. The groups remained on a similar trajectory until six months after their injuries. After one year, however, brain injury patients fared worse. By this point, 53 percent of them still had functional limitations.


Published: 06-06-2019 10:27

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