Long-Term Impact of Military-Relevant Brain Injury Consortium Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium

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What is a TBI?

Traumatic brain injury comes from an outside force on the brain, such as a blast or hitting your head. TBI can be one of three levels: mild, moderate or severe. Most TBIs are mild. A mild TBI is also called a concussion. A mild TBI is related with brief loss of consciousness (less than 30 minutes) or seeing stars (“having your bell rung”) or feeling woozy and confused for up to 24 hours. The person with a mild TBI may also have trouble remembering what happened in the 24 hours after the incident. Usually there is no need for imaging tests such as x-rays or MRIs.

The term TBI can be scary and concerning to the patient and family. It is good to know that most mild TBI symptoms go away completely after a few days or a couple of weeks. The person can return to work, exercise and a regular life. There is no need to “baby” yourself after the symptoms have gone. Only a very small fraction of mild TBIs cause any problems to the person. Some persons may experience on-going headaches, dizziness, fatigue and concentration/memory problems. If these problems continue, an individual should consult with a doctor who specializes in TBIs.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, 839 Chandler Street, Fort Detrick MD 21702-5014 is the awarding and administering acquisition office. This work was supported by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs endorsed by the Department of Defense, through the Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Long-Term Impact of Military-Relevant Brain Injury Consortium (LIMBIC) Award/W81XWH-18-PH/TBIRP-LIMBIC under Awards No. W81XWH1920067 and W81XWH-13-2-0095, and by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Awards No. I01 CX002097, I01 CX002096, I01 HX003155, I01 RX003444, I01 RX003443, I01 RX003442, I01 CX001135, I01 CX001246, I01 RX001774, I01 RX 001135, I01 RX 002076, I01 RX 001880, I01 RX 002172, I01 RX 002173, I01 RX 002171, I01 RX 002174, and I01 RX 002170. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Defense. / Created by VCU University Relations

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