New UC Study Will Examine 'Secondary Injury' After Traumatic Brain Injury
The University of Cincinnati Department Of Neurosurgery will begin studying what happens after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has occurred. The goal in this study, which has received a grant of $4.7 million, is to uncover what is called the “secondary injury” that usually comes along after the initial brain injury. Typically, patients begin to show symptoms called “brain tsunamis” – damaging, seizure-like waves that spread slowly through the brain after a TBI. These brain tsunamis (also known as “spreading depolarizations”) facilitate neuronal death in energy-compromised tissue in the brain.
Approximately 200 patients will be studied at UC Medical Center. According to a press release from the University, the findings of the study could be beneficial to brain injury patients who are not candidates for surgery.
Usually, in the medical field, the damage from these spreading depolarizations is most commonly seen in patients who had recently suffered a stroke. The goal of this study is to hone in on secondary injuries as a result of traumatic brain injury in an effort to determine what causes the secondary symptoms and whether they can be prevented.
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