Accession Number : AD1022008

Title :   Can Post mTBI Neurological Soft Signs Predict Postconcussive and PTSD Symptoms : A Pilot Study

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,20 May 2011,19 Nov 2013

Corporate Author : The Massachusetts General Hospital Boston United States

Personal Author(s) : Pitman,Roger K

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Report Date : 01 Feb 2014

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Neurological soft signs (NSS) are subtle indicators of brain dysfunction. NSS have been found to be elevated in a variety of mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they have scarcely been studied in TBI. The present study measured NSS in the acute aftermath of a mTBI and evaluated their ability to predict subsequent postconcussive symptoms. We have finished all study recruitment, enrollment, and data analysis. We screened 99 subjects via the Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Department leading to 21 viable subjects that were enrolled, three of whom were subsequently excluded for not meeting eligibility criteria. One additional subject was lost to follow-up after completion of the first visit. The remaining 17 enrolled subjects have successfully completed the full three-month protocol. The video-recorded data for all subjects was encrypted and analyzed by our off site consultant, Dr. Gurvits, the originator of the NSS battery incurrent use. A manuscript has been prepared and awaits submission.

Descriptors :   brain injuries , anxiety disorders , mental disorders , wounds and injuries , TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER , BLAST INJURIES , WEAPONS EFFECTS , Predictions , Indicators

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