According to a recent study, even a single, seemingly modest brain lesion can increase a person's chance of dementia later in life. This is true even if the patient recovers completely at the time. Continue reading to learn more. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation if you have suffered brain damage, whether through a football head injury or another source.
The research's findings
The study employed a novel PET imaging technique that examines the biochemistry of study participants. There were 21 men and women engaged, all of them were between the ages of 18 and 35 and had had one severe injury. All of their injuries were caused by an accident or an attack. Their brain scans were compared to those of 11 participants in a control group who had never experienced a brain injury. The control group was made up of persons who were demographically and educationally similar.
The study, which was published in Science Translational Medicine, found that those who survived a single brain injury were considerably more likely to have tau protein in their brains, which is a highly dangerous protein. In fact, experts believe that tau build-up is a significant indicator of brain damage, which may lead to Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia.
A single minor brain damage, according to this study, might be enough to cause this condition. They also discovered that brain damage was dose-dependent, meaning it could be produced by a single severe brain injury or a series of mild brain injuries, such as concussions. Football players, for example, have been proven to develop brain damage as a result of several injuries on the pitch.
Concussions and CTE: What you need to know
This study didn't add much to the existing body of knowledge; it just proved that a single concussion may lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). People with a history of repetitive brain traumas, such as football players and boxers, are at risk for this progressive degenerative illness of the brain. The development of tau protein in the brain is caused by repetitive brain injury, which results in memory loss, poor judgment, confusion, difficulty with impulse control, depression, and eventual dementia.
Have you had a traumatic brain injury?
Information like the one uncovered in this study is useful because it can help persons who are suing for brain injury. Without this information, the plaintiff may argue that the only expenses of these injuries are those incurred in the near term. According to studies, there might be major long-term consequences. If you have suffered a brain injury, please call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.