Second Impact Syndrome

Study Examines The Dangers Of Multiple Brain Injuries

by Staff | January 2nd, 2013

January 2, 2012

A case study documented in a recent issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery by researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine highlighted the impact a condition known as Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) can have on the human brain.

The study examined the results of two brain injuries sustained by a 17-year-old football player in Indiana. The young man sustained the first brain injury during a helmet-to-helmet hit with an opposing player during a punt return in a game. He suffered from symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and trouble seeing, which forced him to seek medical assistance. After doctors performed a CT scan and found normal results, doctors advised the young man not to return to play until his symptoms were gone.

Unfortunately though, the teen returned to play immediately and sustained a second brain injury while participating in practice. Witnesses stated the player had trouble standing and other responses were slow as well. He was then taken to a local hospital where doctor’s determined he was suffering from serious swelling of the brain, resulting in the loss of regulation from SIS.

Researchers point out that SIS often results in patient death and that CT scans may not identify the problem.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the dangers brain injuries can pose and are here to help you if you have suffered an injury from a blow to the head that was no fault of your own.