Long-Term Prognosis for Some Patients with Severe Brain Injury Better Than Expected, Study Shows

(UCSF) – New research adds to a body of evidence indicating decisions about withdrawing life-sustaining treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) should not be made in the early days following injury.

In a July 6, 2021, study published in JAMA Neurology, researchers led by UC San Francisco, Medical College of Wisconsin and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital followed 484 patients with moderate-to-severe TBI. They found that among the patients in a vegetative state, 1 in 4 “regained orientation” – meaning they knew who they were, their location and the date – within 12 months of their injury. CONTINUE