Cerebral Blood Flow Could Assist Concussion Prognosis

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Cerebral Blood Flow Could Assist Concussion Prognosis
Cerebral Blood Flow Could Assist Concussion Prognosis

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study of college football players suggests that cerebral blood flow (CBF) can function as an objective signal for the initial evaluation of a concussion, as well as measuring progress and recovery. The findings were reported online March 2 in JAMA Neurology.

The new study was led by Timothy Meier, Ph.D., of the Mind Research Network/Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., and included 17 college football players who had suffered concussions, and a comparison group of 27 football players without concussion. The players with concussions underwent scans to measure CBF one day, one week, and one month after their concussion. The players in the control group also had their CBF checked. CBF was compared against the symptoms of players with concussion, as well.

Meier's team found that players who had full recovery at either one week or one month after their concussions showed normal blood flow in the brain. However, CBF remained reduced in the dorsal midinsular cortex one month after concussion in players who were slower to recover, as well as in those with the most severe initial psychiatric symptoms.

"To our knowledge, this study provides the first prospective evidence of reduced CFB and subsequent recovery following concussion in a homogenous sample of collegiate football athletes," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Pharmacists Should Counsel Patients Fasting for Ramadan

Pharmacists Should Counsel Patients Fasting for Ramadan

Pharmacists can suggest adjustments for meds taken several times per day, those affected by food intake

AUA: Many Have Unused Opioids After Urologic Procedures

AUA: Many Have Unused Opioids After Urologic Procedures

Patients use just over half of initial prescription; highest percentage of unused meds for cystectomy

Over Half of Young Adult Smoke Volume Exposure From Hookahs

Over Half of Young Adult Smoke Volume Exposure ...

Toxicant exposure to tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine lower, but still substantial, compared to cigarettes

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »