Friday, March 04, 2005

New, "Hidden" Syndrome Discovered

This story is making the rounds in the 'anti-war' leftist world (www.notinourname.net; www.albasra.net; www.cnn.com):

Key Iraq wound: Brain trauma Body armor prevents death, not damage

By Gregg Zoroya USA TODAY
A growing number of U.S. troops whose body armor helped them survive bomb and rocket attacks are suffering brain damage as a result of the blasts. It's a type of injury some military doctors say has become the signature wound of the Iraq war. Known as traumatic brain injury (TBI), the wound is of the sort that many soldiers in previous wars never lived long enough to suffer. The explosions often cause brain damage similar to “shaken-baby syndrome,” says Warren Lux, a neurologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. “You've got great body armor on, and you don't die,” says Louis French, a neuropsychologist at Walter Reed. “But there's a whole other set of possible consequences. It's sort of like when they started putting airbags in cars and started seeing all these orthopedic injuries.” The injury is often hard to recognize — for doctors, for families and for the troops themselves. Months after being hurt, many soldiers may look fully recovered, but their brain functions remain labored.
“They struggle much more than you think just from talking to them, so there is that sort of hidden quality to it,” Lux says.
http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/index.htm

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