Brain injuries can be complicated creatures, not only for those who suffer them, but also for those seeking to provide effective medical care to them. One of the challenges with traumatic brain injuries, as readers may be aware, is predicting the accident victim’s ability to recover from the injury and assessing the future effects of the injury.
Medical science is currently seeking to determine how to predict the long-term outcome of brain injuries and to what can be done to give patients the best opportunity to recover from an accident. One recently published study on this issue found that the amount of time it takes for neurological signals to cross from one hemisphere of the brain to the other hemisphere may be one possible biomarker of ongoing cognitive impairment in the year after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury occurs in pediatric patient.
The research reportedly shows how the longer it takes for the signals to cross over, the greater the indication of white matter disorganization, which is accompanied by cognitive deficits. The researchers who conducted the study said that more research needs to be done to determine the extent to which these measurements can be used to predict a brain injury patient’s risk for a poorer recovery outcome.
One interesting point the research highlighted is that the severity of a traumatic brain injury did not necessarily correlate well with the recovery outcome. Slow interhemispheric transfer time, on the other hand, was a much better predictor of a poor outcome, at least for the time period within one year of the accident.
In out next post, we’ll continue looking at the topic of brain injuries, and the importance of working with an experienced attorney to seek fair and just compensation.