Dazed and disoriented by head trauma claims? Study reveals increased cognitive deficits when TBI and PTSD combine
Medical and psychological researchers have reported numerous studies regarding the independent effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A dearth of published research exists, however, that address long-term effects in patients that suffer from cumulative diagnoses of mTBI and PTSD.
The University of Kentucky announced The Journal of Neurotrauma will report a study of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with diagnoses of mTBI or PTSD or both conditions. The research findings reportedly reveal veterans who suffer from both mTBI and PTSD have more significant cognitive and psychological deficits than veterans diagnosed with only one of the conditions. Though the purported research findings are not startling, they provide some evidence to suggest that patients, including injured workers, with combined diagnoses of mTBI and PTSD may require greater treatment or more accommodation for cognitive dysfunction than patients with a single diagnosis.
 The Brain Association of America declares the Centers for Disease Control defines mild traumatic brain injury if a head injury results in loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less, or any period of observed or self-reported transient confusion, disorientation, impaired consciousness, loss of memory or seizure at or near the time of injury. (See web site: //www.biausa.org/mild-brain-injury.htm)
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 Walter M. High, Jr., adjunct associate professor in Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery and Psychology and researchers in Department of Psychology worked with veterans and conducted a series of neuropsychological tests to measure cognitive function. (See web site: //www.newswise.com/articles/uk-researchers-point-to-impact-of-combined-brain-injury-and-ptsd-in-war-veterans)