Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms Are Accompanied by Decreased Functional Brain Oxygenation

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Diagnostic methods are considered a major concern in the determination of mild traumatic brain injury. The authors examined brain oxygenation patterns in subjects with severe and minor persistent postconcussive difficulties and a healthy control group during working memory tasks in prefrontal brain regions using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. The results demonstrated decreased working memory performances among concussed subjects with severe postconcussive symptoms that were accompanied by decreased brain oxygenation patterns. An association appears to exist between decreased brain oxygenation, poor performance of working memory tasks, and increased symptom severity scores in subjects suffering from persistent postconcussive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences
Pages (from-to)287-298
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 24.03.2015

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