Why Do We Need to Study the Long-Term Effects of Brain Injury?

Long Term Effects of Single TBI

Why do we need to study the long-term effects of brain injury?


Although there’s been a great deal of interest and concern about repeated traumatic brain injuries, the long-term effects of single traumatic brain injury is a significant problem as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 5.3 million Americans living with long-term disability related to traumatic brain injury.  That’s a large number. That’s almost equal to the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.  And yet we’re not really studying this and we really don’t understand the nature of those disabilities. 

It’s the automobile accident, it’s the fall out of a tree, it’s the single TBI as well that should be of concern and can have lasting effects. And that is another area in which there are many gaps in our knowledge. 

Posted on BrainLine August 8, 2018.

About the author: Daniel P. Perl, MD

Dr. Perl is a Professor of Pathology at USUHS and Director of the CNRM's Brain Tissue Repository, where he has established a state-of-the-art neuropathology laboratory dedicated to research on the acute and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury among military personnel.

Dr. Daniel P. Pearl

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I am 31 and I had a head injury at 4 years old. I bruised the front and back of my brain and fractured my skull. I was curious is there any long term affects that are hidden or go unnoticed. I just can't seem to have normal healthy relationship, or keep a steady job, and make stupid decisions without careing or thinking about the future. And my emotions can go from one extreme to the next in a snap, often losing control of my actions, for the smallest things. Can this be from a head injury? Is there help? I feel destined for failure in life.