In Some Patients the Brain Compensates for Injury

December 04, 2012, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

 

The Jagran Post reported today that The results suggest that, in some patients, the brain may change to compensate for the damage caused by the injury.

"In a traumatic brain injury, it's not one specific area that is affected but multiple areas of the brain which are interconnected by axons," said Dr. Lipton, who is also associate professor of radiology, of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein.

"Abnormally low FA within white matter has been correlated with cognitive impairment in concussion patients. We believe that high FA is evidence not of axonal injury, but of brain changes that are occurring in response to the trauma," the researcher noted.

One year after their brain injury, the patients completed two standard questionnaires to assess their post-concussion symptoms and evaluate their health status and quality of life.

"Most TBI studies assess cognitive function, but it is not at all clear if and how well such measures assess real-life functioning. Our questionnaires asked about post-concussion symptoms and how those symptoms affected patients' health and quality of life," said Dr. Lipton.

Comparing the DTI data to the patient questionnaires, the researchers found that the presence of abnormally high FA predicted fewer post-concussion symptoms and better functioning. The results suggest that the brain may be actively compensating for its injuries in patients who exhibit areas of high FA on DTI.

"These results could lead to better treatment for concussion if we can find ways to enhance the brain's compensatory mechanisms." Dr. Lipton said.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America

Posted under Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Concussion Syndrome, Treatment

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