Saturday, December 20, 2008

Traumatic Brain Injury is the signature injury of the Iraq War

This information was reported by the associated press: the Institute of Medicine has concluded that more than one in five wounded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have a brain injury. Additionally, many are at risk for problems like depression and alzheimer's-like dementia over the longer term.

Obviously, we're talking here about the effects of blast-induced brain injuries. According to one Dr. George Rutherford of UC-San Francisco, it's impossible to predict the effects of being exposed to pressure waves caused by explosions. However, his committee found that moderate to severe TBI, or traumatic brain injury, can lead to the development of the following:

1. Dementia

2. Symptoms resembling parkinson's

3. Seizures

4. Depression

5. Memory problems

Non-penetrating head wounds, according to the AP article, are the signature injury of the Iraq war. However, since the long term effects of exposure to explosion-caused pressure waves is, as of yet unknown, it may be a long time before we truly know the cost of the war as it concerns our own troops.

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