AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 29, Number 1, 2020


Penn Medicine-Led Study Reveals Potential for More Precise Diagnosis and Treatment of TBI

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Patients who’ve suffered from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have changes in tiny blood vessels in their brains that researchers believe are linked to a range of cognitive symptoms, according to new findings. The findings may help doctors pinpoint specific types of TBIs and tailor personalized therapies.

The study was led by Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, MD, PhD, director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Research Center at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, and presented by Sarah Woodson, MD, a neurology resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  

“The relationship between microvascular and structural injury in chronic TBI has been recognized for years, but underappreciated,” Diaz-Arrastia said. “This research adds another layer to our understanding of TBI and ways to better treat patients, who in some cases have had TBI symptoms for years.”

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