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Study of brain injury patients finds increased death rate

Ohio residents who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury might have health consequences from it in the future. A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry examined data collected from a group of people admitted to the hospital for mild brain injuries. Researchers from Glasgow and Edinburgh tracked the patients for 15 years. When comparing the results to control groups, they saw that those who suffered mild brain injuries had a higher rate of mortality.

The data came from 2,428 Scottish adults with brain injuries. Two additional control groups were created. One was comprised of people who had not had any mild brain injuries. People who had non-brain injuries made up the other control group. Both control groups had a lower mortality rate after 15 years.

A person's age at the time of the head injury mattered. Younger people in the 15 to 54 age group showed a risk of death at 4.2 times greater than the control group. Adults with brain injuries over the age of 54 had a mortality rate 1.4 times higher than the control group. According to the study, repeated brain injuries exacerbated the risk of increased mortality. Although the researchers did not rule out the contribution of lifestyle choices to the mortality rates, they added that possible chronic changes in the neuropathology of the injured victims could be a factor.

Someone coping with a brain injury might need to take into account its possible far-reaching effects. In the event that the injury was the result of the negligence of another person, such as a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, the victim might wish to consult with an attorney to determine if there are any legal remedies available to obtain compensation for the damages that were sustained.

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