Concussions Can Linger Months After Symptoms Subside

As we have already discussed in previous posts on brain injuries, long-term damage can be severe and may even remain unidentified for months after an accident. Those who suffer repeat injury, including professional athletes, may not see the damage for years after initial contact. According to a recent report in the Smithsonian, new studies indicate abnormalities in the brain caused by a concussion can persist as long as four months after the injury. Even if your behavioral symptoms have subsided, you could still have lasting brain damage.

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In the past few years, medical researchers have been paying closer attention to the long-term impact of brain injury caused by a fall, car accident, sports injury or other impact. What we know is that the injury can be difficult to diagnose and the long-term damage could be unknown. Our brain injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of brain injury victims. We are also committed to raising awareness about the danger of brain injury and helping patients get the support and treatment they need.

Initially after a head injury, doctors will likely advise you to avoid physical activity, pay attention to any deviations in behavior and get plenty of rest. While you may start to feel better initially, a new study found that using a diffusion MRI, doctors will be able to spot lingering abnormalities in the grey matter at the site of a concussion. According to the study published in the journal Neurology, the abnormalities could persist up to four months after the injury, even if a patient is no longer suffering from behavioral symptoms.

What do these abnormalities mean? Even if your behavioral symptoms have subsided, you could still be suffering lingering impact after a concussion. In more severe head injury cases, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), victims may suffer from damage months or years after the impact. Researchers suggest that there are two different modes of recovery, where the memory, cognitive and behavioral symptoms will improve more quickly that physiological injuries.

The special MRI uses diffusion technology which measures molecule movements through different parts of the brain. This monitoring can detect any obstructions or abnormalities in the structure of the brain. The researchers performed this scan in 26 people who have suffered from mild concussions and scanned them 14 days after the injury. Subjects were also given behavioral and memory tests and compared the results to test subjects who had no injury. Results indicated that those with concussions performed worse and had structural changes in the prefrontal cortex. The same tests were performed 4 months later finding that even after performance gap was reduced, the neurological brain scans still showed abnormalities.

The research can be helpful to victims who have suffered concussion or brain injury as well as to doctors looking to treat them. In a medico-legal context, victims who have suffered a brain injury, may be able to pursue compensation for the lasting damage months or years after an injury. The long-term damage of a brain injury should be considered when pursuing compensation after a fall, collision or other accident.

Contact our North and South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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