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Brain injury unfolds over months: study

Posted Nov 11 2010 12:00am
Australian research has found the damaging effect of a traumatic brain injury, caused by a car crash or hard blow to the head, unfolds not over minutes or days but over months.

The study, conducted at the University of Melbourne, underscores the fragility of the brain but it has also uncovered a broad “window” in which effective treatment could improve a patient’s outcome.

“We have demonstrated that changes in brain structure and function after traumatic brain injury are dynamic, and continue to progress and evolve for many months,” said Professor Terry O’Brien, head of the university’s Department of Medicine.

“This opens up a window of opportunity to give treatments to halt this damage and therefore reduce the long-term neurological and psychiatric complications that many patients experience.”

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