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Thousands of troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI), an invisible wound that is poorly understood and difficult to diagnose and treat.
Soldiers who have experienced TBI during combat are often capable of continued service. But some individuals may experience serious and lingering physical, emotional, and behavioral effects. As a result, the growing number of soldiers and veterans who have sustained TBI has brought new urgency to efforts aimed at developing better ways to diagnose and treat this condition.
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Blast exposures from explosive devices are a common cause of combat-related traumatic brain injury experienced by soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Therapy for traumatic brain injury typically involves a multidisciplinary approach using medication and rehabilitative interventions, such as working with a speech pathologist on memory and speech problems.
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