Combat weaponry that causes injuries resulting in limb loss may also be associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may impair cognitive and functional abilities. U.S. servicemembers who had a combatrelated major limb amputation while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2001 and 2006 were followed for 2 years postamputation. Of the 546 servicemembers with amputation, 23.3 percent had a TBI diagnosis. Those with TBI had a higher average number of medical and rehabilitative outpatient and inpatient visits. We recommend that providers treating those with limb loss assess for TBI because these individuals required increased medical and rehabilitative care use.
Volume 50 Number 2, 2013
Pages 161 — 172
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