Over half of troops who suffered blast concussions have brain scarring - study
Published: 16 Dec, 2015
"We were really surprised to see so much damage to the brain in the MTBI patients," Riedy said in a statement. "It's expected that people with MTBI should have normal MRI results, yet more than 50 percent had these abnormalities."An MRI scan of a 28-year-old man with blast-related mild TBI shows a total of 76 lesions on all sections of his brain © rsna.orgBrain scarring appeared on more than half of active duty service members who suffered blast-related concussions, according to a new paper by the US military. It is the largest study using advanced brain imaging of active service members ever performed.
More than 300,000 US troops have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) between 2000 and 2015, according to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. Researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland used MRI scans to study 834 such military service members with MTBI ‒ commonly referred to as concussions ‒ that were related to blast injuries.
Just over 84 percent of the patients involved in the study reported one or more blast-related incidents, and 63 percent reported loss of consciousness at the time of injury.
The MRI scans revealed the presence of white matter T2 hyperintensities, or brain scars, in 52 percent of the MTBI patients, the study’s authors, led by Dr. Gerard Riedy, found.
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