Every day my office receives calls from people who suffered a head injury after a slip-and-fall, car crash, or work-related accident. So I found it very interesting when I read a new study that says head injuries may raise the risk of death for years after the initial injury.
Researchers found people who suffered a head injury were nearly three times more likely to die from any cause within 13 years after the injury than other healthy adults, regardless of the severity of the initial injury. The study found more than 40% of people admitted to hospital after a head injury were dead 13 years later.
“In the long-term, the study showed people with head injuries were nearly three times as likely to die of circulatory, respiratory, digestive, psychiatric, and external causes than their peers in the community. “The reason for greater vulnerability in younger adults is unclear, but requires further consideration, especially given the particularly higher risk of head injury in younger adults,” write the researchers.”
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Head Injury Risks Linger
Increased Risk of Death After Head Injury May Persist for Years
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Jan. 31, 2011 — Head injuries may raise the risk of death for years after the initial injury, according to a new study.
Find this article at: http://www.webmd.com/news/20110131/head-injury-risks-linger