Concussion Recovery May Take Longer for Men than Women



Suffering a concussion can be different for everyone—and now, new imaging research has revealed that the recovery process may actually be more difficult for one gender than the other.

According to, in a new study published online in the Journal of Radiology, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh utilized diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) on concussion patients to determine how males and females recover from injury.  Their scans revealed that males may take longer to overcome a concussion – also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) – than females with similar injuries.

These findings indicate that DTI could be used to provide more tailored treatment for concussions in the future. Currently, it’s difficult to determine which patients will have a smoother recovery from concussion, as opposed to those who will struggle, researchers stated.

“The thing that got us curious is you see differences [in concussion recovery] between males and females all the time,” stated Dr. Saeed Fakhran, assistant professor of neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“We wanted to know: Is it a gender difference or something else? No one had really looked at the imaging, so we didn’t even know there would be a difference.”