Blast-Induced Brain Injuries In Soldiers May Be Their Own Medical Condition
As more than 30,000 military veterans return from service with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), identifying and treating these injuries remains extremely difficult. The results of one new study will hopefully alleviate this problem though, as a group of scientists have pinpointed patterns of damage in the brain that can identify blast-related TBIs. Furthermore, they believe the condition could be categorized as it’s own disease.
According to USA Today, researchers looked at the brains of five deceased soldiers between ages of 23-38 who had sustained TBIs in combat. They discovered patterns of brain lesions that were only consistent with sustaining the impact of a major blast. The damage was also consistently inflicted on the area of the brain that controls memory and decision making.
These findings have prompted at least one of the military’s authorities on TBIs to call for blast-induced brain injuries to be categorized as their own condition.
This isn’t the first time officials considered such a proposal. When thousands of soldiers from World War I returned home from service suffering from a range of mental issues, their conditions was lumped together under the title of “shell shock”.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we understand the difficulties soldiers with disabilities face upon returning home. That’s why our team of Little Rock personal injury lawyers hope this new scientific study improves the treatment of blast-related TBIs.