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Soldiers Brain Injuries from Blasts in Afghanistan take a Toll

It’s estimated that 20% of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury caused by the impact of improvised explosive devices. The medics in Afghanistan have seen an increase in TBI cases in the past eight months. The aid station is capable of stabilizing patients until they can be transported to a larger base for treatment, but it’s not equipped to treat traumatic brain injury. They can only assess them, treat signs and symptoms because they don’t have a lab. Traumatic brain injury is an “invisible wound” which makes it difficult to diagnose. Medics say the increase in traumatic brain injury cases is a serious problem in Afghanistan. If a soldier is hit by an IED three times, the victim can be taken off patrols in order to avoid brain injury. To read more about the war’s injuries, please click the link.