Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

15 p.

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Informa Healthcare

Source Publication

Brain Injury

Source ISSN

0269-9052

Original Item ID

doi: 10.3109/02699052.2011.558040

Abstract

Background/objective: Soldiers of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) sustain blast-related mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) with alarming regularity. This study discusses factors in addition to concussion, such as co-morbid psychological difficulty (e.g. post-traumatic stress) and symptom validity concerns that may complicate neuropsychological evaluation in the late stage of concussive injury.

Case report: The study presents the complexities that accompany neuropsychological evaluation of blast concussion through discussion of three case reports of OEF/OIF personnel.

Discussion: The authors emphasize uniform assessment of blast concussion, the importance of determining concussion severity according to acute-injury characteristics and elaborate upon non-concussion-related factors that may impact course of cognitive limitation. The authors conclude with a discussion of the need for future research examining the impact of blast concussion (particularly recurrent concussion) and neuropsychological performance.

Comments

Accepted Version. Brain Injury, Volume 25, No. 5 (2011), pp 511-525. DOI. © Informa Healthcare 2011. Used with permission.

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