A new research study about Head Trauma published in the January issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, suggests that any serious head injury, with or without brain impact, can lead to an “increased risk of future traumatic death.”
Since 1999, researchers at Oulu University Hospital in Finland have been following traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients to determine their long-term health outcomes. They chose subjects based on hospital admittance for head injuries. All subjects lived in Northern Ostrobothnia, south of Oulu, and the control group had similar characteristics to the test group.
The researchers evaluated cause of death and death rates to compare the two groups and found stark differences between test group mortality rates and control group mortality rates:
The Finnish researches concluded that head trauma highly predicts an increased risk of death. Scientists who participated in the study cite a need for further evaluation to determine causation. Just because they found a correlation between TBI and a spike in all cause mortality, in other words, does not mean they figured out what might be driving this association.
Brain injuries may develop immediately after trauma, or problems may take days to present. Car accidents, sports injuries, and slip and falls all contribute to thousands of cases of serious TBI in the U.S. every year. Seek medical advice if you or a loved one has experienced any type of head trauma, even “mild” damage or a “light” concussion.
If you suspect that you or someone has sustained a TBI: