Incidence of Traumatic Brain Injury may be Higher than Estimated

03-11-2012
Mayo Clinic – Feb 14, 2012
A new study by researchers from Mayo Clinic has found that the incidence of traumatic brain injury is likely greater than has been estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This study differs from previous similar studies in that it uses a new and refined system for classifying injuries caused by force to the head: the Mayo Traumatic Brain Injury Classification System.

"Even mild traumatic brain injuries can affect sensory-motor functions, thinking and awareness, and communication," says study author Allen Brown, M.D., director of brain rehabilitation research at Mayo Clinic. "In assessing frequency, we have likely been missing a lot of cases. This is the first population-based analysis to determine prevalence along the whole spectrum of these injuries."

Read more about this study.