Comorbidities post traumatic Brain injury

This should be a place for general discussion related to the multiple secondary issues suffered post TBI. Patients and families welcome to add!

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  • Hi Tara, that is an interesting & very helpful topic.  If you don't mind, I'm going to add a short definition of 'Comorbidity' on  your post that I found on Wikipedia:

    In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional diseases or disorders co-occurring with a primary disease or disorder; in the countable sense of the term, a comorbidity is each additional disorder or disease. The additional disorder may, also, be a behavioral or mental disorder.


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  • I like their definition. Examples: primary brain injury with secondary gastrointestinal disorder. The person never had stomach issues a day in their life but the brain injury (anoxia/lack of oxygen) caused the damage to the GI tract secondary to primary process. Or a diabetic who later suffers hypertension secondary to the diabetes (precipitated by the primary diagnosis).  I thought examples may help depict. 

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