Clinical relevance of microhemorrhagic lesions in subacute mild traumatic brain injury.

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Abstract

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often performed in patients with persistent complaints after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). However, the clinical relevance of detected microhemorrhagic lesions is still unclear. In the current study, 54 patients with uncomplicated mTBI and 20 matched healthy controls were included. Post-traumatic complaints were measured at two weeks post-injury. Susceptibility weighted imaging and T2*-gradient echo imaging (at 3 Tesla) were performed at four weeks post-injury. Microhemorrhagic lesions (1–10 mm) were subdivided based on depth (superficial or deep) and anatomical location (frontal, temporoparietal and other regions). Twenty-eight per cent of patients with mTBI had ≥1 lesions compared to 0 % of the healthy controls. Lesions in patients with mTBI were predominantly located within the superficial frontal areas. Number, depth and anatomical location of lesions did not differ between patients with and without post-traumatic complaints. Within the group of patients with complaints, number of complaints was not correlated with number of lesions. In summary, microhemorrhages were found in one out of four patients with uncomplicated mTBI during follow-up at four weeks post-injury, but they were not related to early complaints.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-916
Number of pages5
JournalBrain Imaging and Behavior
Early online date29-Jun-2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2018

Keywords

  • TBI
  • MRI
  • CT
  • METAANALYSIS

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