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08 December 2010

PTSD worsens traumatic brain injury

Patients with a traumatic brain injury who develop PTSD are more likely to have worse cognitive function and more health problems a year later.

Patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to have worse cognitive function and more health problems a year later, new research suggests.

Recent studies of soldiers with mild TBI indicate that PTSD independently contributes to worse outcomes. The current research, based on the prospective National Study on the Costs and Outcomes of Trauma (NSCOT), extends those findings to include the full spectrum of TBI, Dr Zatzick said.

 
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