Progressive brain atrophy in patients with chronic neuropsychiatric symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury: A preliminary study

Academic Article


  • Introduction: NeuroQuant® is a recently developed, FDA-approved software program for measuring brain MRI volume in clinical settings. The aims of this study were as follows: (1) to examine the test-retest reliability of NeuroQuant®; (2) to test the hypothesis that patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) would have abnormally rapid progressive brain atrophy; and (3) to test the hypothesis that progressive brain atrophy in patients with mild TBI would be associated with vocational outcome. Methods: Sixteen patients with mild TBI were compared to 20 normal controls. Vocational outcome was assessed with the Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended (GOSE) and Disability Rating Scale (DRS). Results: NeuroQuant® showed high testre-test reliability. Patients had abnormally rapid progressive atrophy in several brain regions and the rate of atrophy was associated with inability to return to work. Conclusions: NeuroQuant®, is a reliable and valid method for assessing the anatomic effects of TBI. Progression of atrophy may continue for years after injury, even in patients with mild TBI. © 2012 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.
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  • Brain Injury  Journal
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    Author List

  • Ross DE; Ochs AL; Seabaugh JM; Demark MF; Shrader CR; Marwitz JH; Havranek MD
  • Start Page

  • 1500
  • End Page

  • 1509
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 12