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Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Military experts say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have a signature injury. It's the one sustained when an improvised explosive device goes off nearby. It's called TBI, or traumatic brain injury. It's the same sort of injury sustained by some assault or accident victims: a blunt weapon or a car crash can have the same effect. More than 50 percent of wounded troops are expected to have sustained some form of TBI. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have discovered new techniques for treating the brain injured. You're invited to join us to hear the latest from them and from doctors who treat veterans. Wednesday morning at nine. View an animation of the DBS procedure (streaming WMV)


Health, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest


Ali Rezai, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic's Center for Neurological Restoration
Cynthia Kubu, PhD, Cleveland Clinic's Center for Neurological Restoration
Robert Ruff, MD, Chief of Neurology Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cleveland

Additional Information

For more information about the Cleveland Clinic's study on traumatic brain injury call their hotline at 216-636-0705
Read Dr. Rezai's study published in the journal Nature (subscription required for full text access)
Read the Cleveland Clinic's press release about Dr. Rezai's study
If you would like to help support wounded soldiers and their families, contact Hope for Warriors, an non-profit group in North Carolina that has partnered with local individuals in NE Ohio who want to support returning military with brain injury and other debilitating conditions.

View an animation of the DBS procedure (streaming WMV)

Lateral X-Ray image of The patient showing the DBS leads implanted.

Dr. Ali Rezai monitoring the placement of a DBS lead.

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