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Posttraumatic amnesia and recall of a traumatic event following traumatic brain injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11884651     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was examined in 282 outpatients at a mean of 53 days after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Patients were assessed for TBI severity, intrusive and avoidant PTSD-type symptoms, and psychological distress, and were stratified into four comparison groups by duration of PTA. Levels of PTSD-type symptoms and psychological distress did not differ significantly between groups. Even patients with PTA >1 week reported intrusive and avoidant PTSD-type symptoms. However, when patients were stratified into those with PTA of <1 hour or >1 hour, the former were more likely to report such symptoms. TBI patients with brief PTA are more likely to experience PTSD-type reactions, but severe TBI with prolonged PTA is not incompatible with such reactions in a subset of patients. Possible mechanisms that could account for this finding are discussed.
Anthony Feinstein; Susan Hershkop; Donna Ouchterlony; Alison Jardine; Scott McCullagh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0895-0172     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-08     Completed Date:  2002-05-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8911344     Medline TA:  J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Amnesia / epidemiology,  etiology*,  psychology*
Brain Injuries / complications*,  psychology*
Coma / complications,  psychology
Mental Recall / physiology*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology,  psychology*

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