Researchers have recently been looking at traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the prognosis for individuals that suffer from such an event. In short, the prognosis for TBI is much better than what has been suggested in the past.
The research focused on those that had a moderate to severe brain injury and were undergoing life-sustaining treatment of some sort. After concluding their research, the team stated that this treatment should not be ceased prematurely. In fact, those that suffer from TBI tend to have a much better prognosis than what past anecdotal evidence has suggested. The subjects of this study were mostly victims of falls, car accidents, and assaults.
For those that were in a vegatative state directly after their injury, about one in four regained consciousness over a span of 12 months. Unfortunately, withdrawing treatment for those in a coma early results in death. In reality, the odds are a bit better than originally predicted. Not everyone who is in this state will recover, but some will. Treatment should continue for longer in almost all cases, they concluded.
The team was based out of the University of California, San Francisco. Their results were published in JAMA Neurology.
TBI is defined as an injury to the head that impacts how the brain is able to function. According to the CDC, some populations are at a higher risk of suffering from TBI than others are. This includes minorities, those experiencing domestic abuse, people in rural areas, and the homeless. Age can play a role in TBI as elderly individuals are more likely to suffer a catastrophic fall than younger people, but it’s not just the elderly that can suffer from this. It’s also worth noting that a brain injury is catastrophic, even if you’re a younger individual. Older people may have a more difficult time recovering from such an event, but again, this is not exclusive to the older population.
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