Trends in Post-Concussive Symptom Reporting Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Operation Iraqi Freedom
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA DEPT OF MEDICAL MODELING SIMULATION AND MISSION SUPPORT
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Background Post-concussive syndrome PCS, which includes physical, neurological and cognitive complaints, frequently occurs following mild traumatic brain injury TBI. Research in civilian populations has demonstrated PCS symptom recovery over the course of one-year post-injury, with a majority of symptoms resolving within the first 90 days. The recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in an increased prevalence of TBI, in large part due to a preponderance of blast-related weaponry. Little is known regarding the course of PCS symptoms following combat-related TBI, and whether it differs from other concussion mechanisms seen in civilian populations e.g., sports-related. Complicating matters is the overlap of symptoms between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD.
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- Military Forces and Organizations