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New classification system reveals TBI more common than previously believed.


Recent research by the Mayo Clinic found that traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are more common than previously believed. The study used a new classification system to categorize TBI and found that the model used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) may be missing two-thirds of all brain injuries.
traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a blow to or puncture of the skull. These types of injuries may be relatively mild, like a concussion, or severe, as the injuries sustained by former Representative Gabby Giffords last year. Over a million Americans suffer a TBI every year. Symptoms of a TBI include dizziness, nausea, numbness of the extremities, headache, restless confusion, irritability, aggression, personality changes and unconsciousness. The young and old are especially susceptible to TBI and men tend to suffer more brain injuries than women do.
Though exhaustive research has been done on the effects TBIs have on patients, few studies have focused on the prevalence of TBIs. The Mayo Clinic study pulled data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, which collected decades of TBI data from Olmsted County, Minnesota. Researchers found that 558 of every 100,000 people are afflicted by a TBI and that 60 percent of these injuries are not identified as TBIs by the CDC's standard categorization system.
Mayo's new tool, known as the Mayo Traumatic Brain Injury Classification System, labels TBIs as "definite," "probable," or "possible" to accommodate the wide range of symptoms TBI patients can present. Researchers note that even mild TBIs can have negative effects, like reduction in sensory-motor function and decrease in communication skills, thinking and awareness.
The new findings have prompted the CDC to make efforts to restructure their classification system to reflect the improvements the Mayo tool has made. If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI brain injury, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney, who will review the circumstances surrounding the injury and provide details about any compensation to which you may be entitled.
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