Traumatic Brain Injuries Of Some Veterans – Part 2 of 3
The soldiers’ brains showed a obvious pattern of damage to nerve fibers in key regions of the brain – including the frontal lobes, which govern memory, reasoning and decision-making. He said the “honeycomb” cycle of small lesions was unlike the damage seen in people who died from head trauma in a car accident, or those who suffered “punch-drunk syndrome” – brain degeneration caused by repeated concussions.
Before their deaths the five vets did show signs of “neuropsychiatric” problems, such as cavity and anxiety. One died of a gunshot wound to the head, and three died of methadone overdose. Those overdoses could have been accidental, since the panacea is prescribed for severe pain. It’s not clear whether any of the soldiers’ symptoms can be blamed on the brain damage seen in this study, according to Koliatsos.
But “you have to raise the question, ‘Could the neuropsychiatric problems be related to this frontal lobe dysfunction?'” Another ace said it “provides preliminary evidence to support structural and physical changes associated with blast brain injuries. I think this is an important next in step in our understanding of how blast injuries can impact military personnel and veterans, even if we can’t easily ‘see’ the injuries using traditional medical techniques,” said Craig Bryan, executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City.