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Alzhemer’s disease, dementia linked to head injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2016 | Brain Injury

Here’s an interesting topic that many who suffer a traumatic brain injury may not consider. According to a two-part study published in Neurology, those with Alzheimer’s disease have protein deposits, named clumps, in their brains. What’s more interesting is that those who suffer a head injury have the same clumps.

What does that mean? The study and past research shows that brain trauma can lead to a risk of dementia, and it could mean Alzheimer’s disease is linked to injury, too. With that kind of information, patients may be able to plan on how much compensation to request after a work injury, especially if it could lead to serious conditions down the line.

When a brain injury takes place, amyloid plaques may develop in the brain. These plaques don’t go away, though; even a decade later, those in the study still had them. That could be an explanation for why those who suffer brain injuries tend to have a higher risk of dementia, and it also helps scientists research ways to reduce that risk.

In the research, which collected data from 28 people, there were nine who suffered brain injuries, 10 who had Alzheimer’s disease and nine who were healthy. With a brain scan, it was possible to show that those with head injuries had more amyloid plaques than the healthy patients, while those with Alzheimer’s disease had more amyloid plaques than those who suffered brain injuries.

Where were the clumps located? Primarily in the posterior cingulate cortex, which is the part of the brain where attention and memory are the focus. Another area affected was the cerebellum, which controls motor controls and coordination.

If you or a loved one has suffered a head or brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek the maximum compensation in order to provide for your or your loved one’s future needs.

Source: Medical Daily, “Traumatic Brain Injury May Lead To Alzheimer’s Disease; Patients Have Similar ‘Brain Clumps’,” Jaleesa Baulkman, Feb. 08, 2016