Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Victims More Likely to Die Young

February 11, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

A new study published last month in JAMA Psychiatry explored the relationship between premature death and severe TBI. The study examined 40 years of data looking at all people born in Sweden from 1969-2009 who had received inpatient or outpatient medical care for TBI. The group was large, and included almost 220 000 people.

Focus was on severe brain injuries that included skull fractures, internal bleeding and prolonged unconsciousness. The scientists looked at many factors and examined the causes of death for the people. They included looked at the genders and severity of concussions, and also at follow up times for diagnosis and care.

The results of the analysis are striking. For those people who lived more than 6 months after their injury there was a 300% greater risk of mortality compared to the general population by the time people were 56 years old.  Addiction and mental illness increased the odds of early death even more, but pre-existing conditions like addiction and mental illness also leave people more likely to get concussions.

The conclusions of the study include that while the focus of TBI treatment is short term recovery, more attention needs to be paid to the long term treatment of the patients.




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