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Abnormal Bone Growth

Heterotopic ossification, or abnormal bone growth, is a severe complication that might develop following a traumatic brain injury. According to a recently published research, about 20 percent of patients who suffer an injury of their central nervous system will develop some degree of abnormal bone formation. This can lead to several clinical problems, which can include motor and sensory functions, and overall lower quality of life. Because of this, it is important for everyone to understand what heterotopic ossification is, the problems that accompany this disorder, and how it is treated.

Spasticity Following a Head Injury

Spasticity is one of the most common complications of a traumatic brain injury. For the muscles in the body to contract and relax, they must receive signals from various parts of the brain. When the brain is injured following a blow to the head, these signals can be disrupted. As a result of these crossed signals, spasticity can develop.

New Brain Injury Blood Test Explored in a Study

A new brain injury blood test was recently explored in the well-respected journal, The Lancet: Neurology. This blood test is essential because the current tools that are available to detect brain injuries are limited and imperfect. If someone presents to the doctor with symptoms consistent with a TBI, the diagnostic tools are often limited to questionnaires, physical exams, and computed tomography (CT) scans.

TBI Treatment Innovation: A Review of Current Investigations

Traumatic brain injury treatment innovation has been a focus of the medical community over the past few decades. This has mostly been because of the complications that can stem from a severe TBI. When someone sustains a blow to the head, it might lead to the death of crucial neurons within the brain. This can lead to permanent complications that include deficits in the motor and sensory system. As a result, this can have severe impacts on not only the individual but also that person’s loved ones.

Artificial Intelligence Treatment Tool for TBI

When someone has been diagnosed with a head or brain injury, one of the toughest questions that doctors need to answer is whether or not that person requires surgery. In some cases, surgery can be lifesaving; however, these operations can come with significant risks. The stakes are even higher when the injury involves the brain. Damage to cells in the brain, such as neurons, often end up being permanent. Because of this, doctors need to act both quickly and accurately.

TBIs Can Lead to Increased Risk of Suicide

According to a recent study, individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury may be at an increased risk of suicide. The brain is responsible for almost all of the body’s functions. This includes emotions, personality, judgment, and inhibition. These character traits are controlled by various lobes of the brain, such as the frontal lobe. If someone suffers a TBI, these parts of the brain might be damaged. If these centers are damaged, emotions and personality might be altered. This may place someone at an increased risk of developing mental health problems such as depression, which might eventually lead to a suicide attempt. This possibility was put to the test by a team of researchers who recently published their findings. Fortunately, with proper treatment, mental health disorders following a TBI can be managed effectively.

Social Challenges After a TBI 

One of the biggest challenges for individuals who have suffered a head or brain injury is the impact that this has on their relationships with family members and friends. Recently, a study was published in Brain Imaging and Behavior that may shed some light on this challenge. Those who have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury may suffer from several complications, including emotional lability, rapid mood swings, and other mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. All of these issues can make it hard for individuals to maintain meaningful social connections with family and friends. It might also impact their ability to return to work or school. The goal of this study is to better understand why these problems arise. If medical professionals can understand how these social issues develop, brain injuries can be more effectively treated.

Household Products Linked to Brain Injuries in Children

A recent study has linked pediatric brain injuries to everyday products used throughout most homes. This study is unique because it shows that pediatric brain injuries, while they occur in sports, can also take place outside of the competitive arena. Traumatic brain injuries due to consumer products may represent a new front as measures are taken to reduce the frequency of brain injuries in children.

Pediatric Brain Injury 

Neurological damage in the pediatric population can be particularly devastating. Because a child’s brain is still developing, often into their late 20s, the damage that takes place during this period can arrest this development process. Despite this possibility, the developing brain still has the chance to compensate for a pediatric brain injury that occurs early in childhood. This dichotomy has made it hard for medical professionals to predict the recovery time following a TBI that occurs in a child. A research that was recently published might help doctors give a more definitive prognosis to families following a pediatric brain injury.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is always serious because it has the potential to lead to long-term complications. The neurons of the brain do not regenerate like other parts of the body, making many of the functional and cognitive deficits permanent. On the other hand, the human body is resilient, and even in cases involving a severe TBI, some functional recovery might be possible. This was demonstrated following a catastrophic traumatic brain injury that occurred in a motorcycle accident. A young man made a remarkable, meaningful recovery. The crash was published as a case report in the American Journal of Case Reports.