Posted: December 21, 2013
A study conducted at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine has found that war veterans who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI or TBI) due to their exposure to war-time explosions – like mortar fire or improvised explosive devices – could suffer long-term neurological effects. The study is the first of its kind, as it:
- Involved the use of a state-of-the-art imaging scan, known as diffusion tensor imaging
- Was conducted within four years of the mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis, allowing researchers to gain a more in-depth look at the longer-term effects of this type of TBI on soldiers (This timeframe is novel because most other TBI research conducted on patients usually takes place once the injury has already progressed to far more acute phases).
What researchers found was that, when compared with control subjects (i.e., individuals who had not been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries), the TBI patients exhibited less water flow between the brain’s axons due to the brain damage they had sustained.
While researchers are convinced that this decreased water flow in the brain’s axons in TBI patients is somehow linked to the mental and behavioral changes these patients experience as they live with their brain injuries, the next steps in this research will likely involve investigations into how exactly the physical damage caused by mild traumatic brain injuries may be linked to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues that many war veterans experience.
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