Mild Traumatic Brain Injury After Blast Injury

The Journal of Neurotrauma recently published findings by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Mild traumatic brain injury after blast exposure produces inflammation, oxidative stress and gene activation patterns similar to memory processing disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become an important issue in combat casualty care.  Previously discounted as "shell shock" blast injury has become more prevalent in recent years.  Explosive Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the signature insult in modern combat casualty care and has been linked to posttraumatic stress disorder, memory loss, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

 The scientific team states:

"It appears that although the neurons don’t die after a mild injury, they do sustain damage," they said. "It remains to be seen what multiple exposures, meaning repeat concussions, do to the brain over the long term."

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