A person who suffers even a single, seemingly minor brain injury can have a higher risk of dementia later in life, according to a recent study. This is true even when the patient makes a full recovery at the time. Keep reading to find out more. If you have suffered a brain injury, whether a football head injury or other cause, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The Results of the Study
The study used a new PET imaging option that looks at the biochemistry of research participants. There were 21 men and women involved, all of whom had suffered one traumatic injury between the ages of 18 and 35. Their injuries were all the result of either an accident or an assault. Their brain scans were compared with others in a control group of 11 people who had no history of this type of brain injury. The control group was chosen of demographically and educationally matched people.
Published in Science Translational Medicine, showed that victims who had survived a single brain injury were much more likely to have the presence of a tau protein in the brain, which is a very harmful protein. In fact, scientists believe that the build-up of tau is a key sign of brain damage – which can be followed by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
This study found that just one moderate brain injury could trigger this problem. They also found that the brain damage was dose-dependent, which means that it could be caused by a single severe brain injury or several minor brain injuries, like concussions. For example, football players have been shown to have this kind of damage to their brain after numerous injuries on the field.
Understanding Concussions and CTE
This study did not actually provide much new information – it simply confirmed that a single concussion can result in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This progressive degenerate disease is a disease of the brain that is found in people with a history of repetitive brain injuries, such as football players and boxers. The repeated damage to the brain causes the buildup of tau protein, which then causes issues like memory loss, impaired judgment, confusion, issues with impulse control, depression, and progressive dementia.
Have You Suffered a Brain Injury?
Information like that found in this study is important because it offers assistance for people who are suing for brain injuries. Without this type of evidence, the plaintiff could argue that short-term costs are the only costs of these injuries. Studies show that there are very serious long-term issues that could develop. If you have suffered a brain injury we welcome you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.