Tuesday, 15 January 2008

MoD finds low incidence of mTBI

In June 2007 the Ministry of Defence began a study into the effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) on military personnel serving on operations. This study was prompted by fears originating in the US that as many as 20% of soldiers serving on the frontline may be at risk of mTBI from blows to the head or shockwaves caused by explosions. mTBI can lead to memory loss, depression and anxiety but it has been found that the symptoms may last for as little as 72 hours and be gone in 80% of cases within two weeks and in more than 90% of cases within three months.
The MoD has today released the initial findings of their study. "The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine has identified 585 cases of casualties with TBI (whether mild, moderate or severe) out of a total of some 36,000 attendances for any injury to deployed UK operational emergency departments since early 2003 - the majority of which would be for minor ailments with no requirement for admission or further treatment. This represents 0.5% of the deployed UK military population".
The MoD plans to continue research into diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Link> MoD: MOD announces results of Armed Forces brain injury study