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Women suffer from TBI symptoms at longer rates than men, new study

A new study finds that women suffer from memory issues for a longer period of time following a brain injury compared to men.

A new study published in the prestigious medical journal Radiology, found that women suffer from symptoms connected to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) for a longer time after the initial injury than men. The study is just one of many that are bringing attention to the long lasting symptoms of TBIs.

More on the study

The study, Sex Differences in Working Memory after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Functional MR Imaging Study, reviewed the functional MR images of 30 patients, 15 male and 15 female with a mild TBI and 30 patients without the injury, 15 male and 15 female. Images were taken within one month of the initial injury and six weeks following the first image. Digit span and continuous performance tests were conducted before the images were taken and the results were compared to gather data on the impact of the injury.

Researchers with the study report that males had no significant differences in results for the digit span or continuous performance test result. However, female patients suffering from mTBIs had lower digit span scores than those in the control group.

Ultimately, the results appear to show that women are more likely to suffer from memory issues for a longer period of time after suffering from an injury that results in a mTBI than men are. However, it is worth noting that the sample size is relatively small and more research is likely needed to substantiate these findings.

More on TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a variety of situations, regardless of one's sex. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Violence
  • Sports injuries
  • Combat injuries including injuries from explosive blasts
  • Work related head injuries

Medical experts with Mayo Clinic note that even mild traumatic brain injuries can come with a loss of consciousness, headaches, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, blurred vision, memory and concentration problems as well as mood changes and depression. Severe TBIs can come with more extreme versions of the same symptoms, including profound confusion, unusual behavior and coma.

These injuries are also connected to increased risk of the development of degenerative brain diseases later in life, like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Remedies are available

Those who suffer from a TBI due to work related head injuries, another's negligent or reckless actions may be eligible to receive compensation. This could help cover the cost of additional medical treatment and rehabilitative efforts as well as lost wages. As a result, it is wise for victims to contact an experienced brain injury lawyer. This legal professional will review the details of your case and advocate for your rights, working to better ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

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