July 18, 2014 9:00 — 0 Comments

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, according to a study recently published in an online issue of Neurology. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate traumatic brain injury were compared to 33 people with no brain injury; all of the participants took tests of their thinking and memory skills. At the same time, they had diffusion tensor imaging scans. The people with brain injuries had their scans an average of six days after the injury. A year later, 23 of those with injuries had another scan and took the cognitive tests again. Compared to the people with no brain injury, those with injuries had brain damage in brain white matter consisting of disruption to nerve axons. To learn more about the study, click here.

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