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Motor impairment after severe traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal multicenter study

William C. Walker, MD; Treven C. Pickett, PsyD

The effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are of major importance to veterans. TBI is common during peacetime and is the signature injury of Operation Iraq Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs has four lead medical centers that provide specialized comprehensive inpatient TBI rehabilitation for veterans and active duty military personnel. We describe these patients with TBI and their neurological changes over time. Many patients had impaired walking balance during routine examination up to 2 years after injury. This finding suggests that these patients need long-term medical follow-up for their physical problems in addition to their possible thinking and memory changes.

Volume 44 Number 7 2007
Pages 975 — 982

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