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What are the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident?
Date:7/17/2014

This news release is available in French.

Many patients continue to suffer from symptoms (headaches, pain) several months after an accident, which can pose a real handicap to their lives. The team of Emmanuel Lagarde, research director at Inserm's Research Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Inserm/University of Bordeaux) has studied the subsequent development of 1,300 people who were admitted to A&R between 2007 and 2009 for trauma. The researchers demonstrate that it is possible to identify people who will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which generally occurs when the individual's life was put in danger. This will enable their care to be adjusted accordingly. Their work also reveals that post-concussion syndrome, which has wrongly been defined as the consequence of cranial trauma, is only one part of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The results of the study have been published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Every year, one in ten people in France are taken to A&E with a trauma following an accident. The large majority of the victims have only mild injuries and are discharged from hospital quickly. However, a number of them continue to suffer long after their direct injuries have healed. They may, for example, have headaches, uncontrollable fear or maladies of various kinds, vision problems, balancing problems or be irritable. When the symptoms occur simultaneously in a single context, they constitute what is called a syndrome.

Following a trauma, two syndromes are described: post-concussion syndrome (PCS), which occurs after a mild cranial trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is encountered in people who have been exposed to a stressful situation wherein their life, or that of another person, was put in dange
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Contact: Emmanuel Lagarde
emmanuel.lagarde@isped.u-bordeaux2.fr
33-557-571-504
INSERM (Institut national de la sant et de la recherche mdicale)
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