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Delayed effects of brain trauma

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 17, 2013
  • 00:45 PM

New to the thread here but my comment or concern is for my brother. My brother Javier is now in his early 50's but he experienced a traumatic brain injury when he was in his early teens when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. I believe he was in a self-induced coma for weeks if not months but when he came out of it he pretty much had to be taught to walk and eat all over again. All in all he came out ok but it was obvious that he was not the same person after the accident. He is currently employed (with a lot of help from my older brother) but it is becoming apparent that his symptoms are progressively getting worse. He frequently falls down/loss of balance and his fingers have a tendency to "lock up" which makes him drop things quite often( he has a problem holding a cup with his fingers through the handle). He is becoming more and more forgetful and is having a harder time concentrating on a task. Often when I speak to him over the phone I can not understand what he is saying beacuse his thought process is all over the place. What I'd like to know is how much of this deterioration is due to the accident or whether his preexisting conditions are being exacerbated by the onset of some neurological disease such as Parkinson's or Alzheimers disease. My mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and is in the final stages of the disease. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  • May be having frontal or temporal lobe epilepsy. Delayed onset of seizures is possible. Did he get prolong EEG monitoring.
    Rameshchheda 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't know about the prolonged monitoring. Like I said, this accident happened back in 1974-76 and I was only 6-7 years old. I hear tell that most of the doctors thought he would remain in a vegetative state.
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