Small Autopsy Study: Brains Of Some Combat Veterans Injured By IEDs Show Unusual Damage Pattern

HealthDay (1/23, Norton) reports that a study recently published online in the journal Acta Neuropathologica suggests that “the brains of some veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who were injured by homemade bombs show an unusual pattern of damage.” After studying “autopsied brain tissue from five US combat veterans” who had survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and then comparing those samples with autopsied brain tissue from 24 people who died from various causes, researchers found “a distinct pattern of damage to nerve fibers in key regions of the brain – including the frontal lobes, which govern memory, reasoning and decision-making.” The study authors theorized that this damage pattern may help “explain the phenomenon of ‘shell shock.’”

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— “‘Hidden’ Brain Damage Seen in Vets With Blast Injuries,” Amy Norton, HealthDay, January 22, 2015.

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