Post Concussion Discussion


This blog post is based on a presentation by Dr. Danielle Kalberer for SUNY’s Residency Major Presentations Event.  Dr. Kalberer is a completing her residency in Primary Eye Care/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Northport VA Medical Center. 


A concussion is defined as a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI)  characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function resulting from mechanical force or trauma.  This may include alteration of mental status and level of consciousness.  Concussion damage may not be identifiable on imaging scans or routine neurological examination, and patients often present with sequelae days, weeks or even months after an incident.

Blast injury has become the hallmark of returning soldiers involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) & Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  It is estimated that half of OIF/OEF veterans have suffered some level of brain injury from explosions.  Sports-related concussions are also increasing in incidence. …

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