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Researchers continue work to diagnose brain disease

Victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience a number of conditions or symptoms - some of them long-term and others short-term, and some of them that show up right away while others are revealed much later. Because of the varied effects of brain injuries, and the fact that brain injuries are not completely understood by the medical community, it is very difficult to assess the true cost of brain injury treatment. Those who sustain brain injuries in California should always seek medical treatment as soon as possible, and they should also seek legal representation in order to obtain compensation for medical expenses from any responsible parties.

One type of brain condition that is caused by repeated head injuries is chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Researchers have not yet discovered how to effectively diagnose this disease while brain injury victims are still living. One study into CTE that was recently published by the journal Neurology has revealed interesting information about this disease.

 

Those who suffer from CTE are known to experience a combination of cognitive disorders as well as mood and behavioral issues. Researchers have now found that although CTE patients are likely to have a triad of types of impairments, there are two major groups of symptoms that can be present.

According to the findings, about two-thirds of patients develop both mood and behavioral problems when they are at a younger age. The other third of patients struggle primarily with cognitive impairments, and these impairments are associated with a later onset.

Notably, those who suffer early from behavioral and mood disorders died at a younger age. Those with the later-age cognitive impairments lived longer.

It is very important for researchers to learn more about the symptoms and conditions caused by brain injuries in order to determine how to best diagnose and treat such conditions.

As noted above, currently CTE can only be diagnosed post-mortem. All diagnosed people suffered repetitive brain trauma, and tended to have backgrounds in sports or the military. However, not everyone who suffers chronic brain injuries develops CTE, so researchers think another factor must contribute to the development of the brain disease.

Source: medpagetoday.com, "Behavior Changes Show Up Early In Traumatic Brain Injury," Charles Bankhead, Aug. 21, 2013 

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