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The Importance of Better Defining the Severity of Traumatic Brain Injury

The Importance of Better Defining the Severity of Traumatic Brain Injury

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[Dr. Anand Verravagu] It's projected that 266,000 service members will have suffered a traumatic brain injury over the course of the last decade of war. Of those, approximately 60 to 70% are presumed to be mild traumatic brain injuries. As we investigate further, learn more about how to diagnose and actually triage traumatic brain injuries, I think we'll find that the definition of mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injury may not be the best way to characterize traumatic brain injuries in general, and that's been the focus of several non-profit organizations and academias really, to figure out how we can come up with a common data dictionary that everybody can use, that everybody uses to define the same type of patients, and I think we're going to discover that there are probably more than just three types of traumatic brain injury.

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With more than 266,000 diagnoses of TBI from the wars in the last decade, researchers are trying to create a "common data dictionary" that better differentiates among mild, moderate, and severe injury.

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Produced by Christian Lindstrom and Justin Rhodes, BrainLine Military.

Anand Veeravagu, MDAnand Veeravagu, MD is a neurosurgeon in training at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a former White House fellow and special assistant to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He previously served as chief neurosurgery resident at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital.

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