Brain “Potholes” in Veterans with TBI Impact Cognitive Functions

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The growing incidence of traumatic brain injury among veterans returning from combat duty has meant an extensive body of research into brain injury in the military population.

The growing incidence of traumatic brain injury among veterans returning from combat duty has meant an extensive body of research into brain injury in the military population.  Recently, researchers who analyzed data involving veterans returning home from combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with a brain injury found that these persons are much more likely to suffer from “potholes,” or abnormalities in the brain, compared to persons who did not have a brain injury.

The study was conducted by psychiatrists at the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care.  The researchers found that the number of abnormalities in the white matter of the brain, or “potholes” as they are referring to these abnormalities, increased depending on the severity and complexity if the brain injury.

They also found that these abnormalities in the brain white matter were linked to cognitive deficits in the persons.  For instance, veterans who suffered from these abnormalities in the brain were much more likely to suffer from cognitive deficits, like an impact on their ability to plan or make decisions.

In fact, when the team of researchers studied the existence of such brain potholes in the civilian population too, they found that such abnormalities also existed in civilians, who had never been through combat duty.  In fact, in the civilian population, the incidence and severity of the potholes was much greater than in the military population.

There are lessons in this for brain injury patients and brain injury lawyers.  If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is recommended that you undergo testing to see whether the injury has affected your cognitive abilities.  Such potholes are believed to affect cognitive function, or the ability to make plans, or execute these plans effectively.

 

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