The Effect of Blast Injuries

Dr. Perl describes the range of symptoms that follow a blast injury.

Many individuals who’ve been exposed to these blast injuries come home with significant and persistent problems in brain function, as well as behavioral changes. And there’s a long list of symptomology related to this that can be in terms of headaches, problems with hearing and balance, sleep disorder. And on the behavioral side, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, mood swings, depression, anxiety. There is a considerable overlap between the effects of what we were refer to as impact, traumatic brain injury or things like automobile accidents and falls, things like that. So on a clinical basis it’s difficult to, commonly difficult to distinguish those.
Posted on BrainLine December 13, 2017.

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
(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Benedict/Released)