‘Neuropsychological rehabilitation has proven to be effective in patients with TBI’

Dr Douglas Katz, Professor, Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Brain injury Program at Braintree in Boston, USA highlighted the problem of diagnosing concussion and post-concussion syndrome: Implications for rehabilitation

‘Neuropsychological rehabilitation has proven to be effective in patients with TBI’

“Concussion or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be a challenging diagnosis. Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is largely a misnomer, especially for more prolonged, late phase disorders. Proper differential diagnosis and evidence base is necessary for effective, directed rehabilitative treatment,” he said.

He added, “Pathophysiologic markers may be abnormal after resolution clinical symptoms or normal in the face of persisting PCS. So, the treatment plan requires accurate diagnosis of TBI.”

Talking about neuropsychological assessment of cognition and post-concussion symptoms: Implications for treatment and rehabilitation, Dr Jamuna Rajeswaran, Professor and head clinical Neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience centre, department of clinical psychology, NIMHANS said, “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a silent epidemic of the modern times. In India, 30,000 people die and 1,25,000 people are disabled every year due to TBI.”

She further said, “TBI results in PCS and cognitive deficits. Neuropsychological assessment is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the cognitive domains. Neuropsychological rehabilitation has proven efficacious in patients with TBI.”

Dr Amit Agrawal briefed about the epidemiology and outcome of mind TBI/ concussion: Indian and International perspectives, after which the audiences got an opportunity to interact with the eminent personalities present at the event.