Undiagnosed Brain Trauma in IED victims

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Forgive the intrusion Docs....found this over in Multinational via a US site.

    Be interested to know what the British Army experience has been.

    Source http://www.veteransforamerica.org/index.cfm/page/article/id/7860

    I'm interested because of some involvement with Ex Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress). Thks.

    Le Chevre
  2. That is interesting. I have also just read the report that people in the so-called "persistive vegetive state" have been shown by MRI scans to be capable of both thinking and responding to external stimuli.

    It all goes to show that the brain is a far more complex, yet delicate, beast than any of us can imagine.

    Look after it, folks!

  3. mercurydancer

    mercurydancer LE Book Reviewer

    Not a new thing at all. It has had many names but remains the same injury. Call it concussion, shell shock or mild traumatic brain injury, its all one. Case histories from WW1 and 2 describe the very same signs and symptoms. Some of them very odd. Casualty can function relatively normally (although usually dazed) then can die quickly with no apparent physical injury. This is most probably due to the brain moving in the skull. Its like having a bag or water in a plastic box. It gets deformed when it hits the sides with force. Usually the force is front to back, or side to side, which causes incapacitation, but when the brain is spun in the skull, by a force to the head which is glancing for instance, the mental incapacitation may be less but the actual damage to the brain with blood vessels bleeding and other structures in the brain itself being distorted, it can be more lethal.

    The casualty rate is about the same too, to those exposed to explosive effects which do not physically disrupt the skull, ie break it apart so stuff falls out. That kind of injury gets a medic's attention. Someone who can walk and talk tends to be further down the priority.