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Military TBI During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Warden, Deborah MD

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: September/October 2006 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p 398–402
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an important source of morbidity in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Although penetrating brain injuries are more readily identified, closed brain injuries occur more commonly. Explosion or blast injury is the most common cause of war injuries. The contribution of the primary blast wave (primary blast injury) in brain injury is an area of active research. Lessons learned from the sports concussion and civilian mild TBI literature are useful. Individuals with TBI and posttraumatic stress disorder require treatment of both conditions. Families and communities need to be cognizant of the needs of these returning veterans.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Corresponding author: Deborah Warden, MD, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 20307 (e-mail: Deborah.Warden@na.amedd.army.mil).

The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the US Government.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.