Recent Research Shows Long Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

January 18, 2013

Personal Injury

A recent study regarding the long term effects of a single traumatic brain injury was conducted jointly by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Glasgow. The study revealed a link between a single brain injury and development of conditions that are found in neurodegeneration conditions.

A recent study regarding the long term effects of a single traumatic brain injury was conducted jointly by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Glasgow. The study revealed a link between a single brain injury and development of conditions that are found in neurodegeneration conditions.

What this means is that repeated brain traumas, like what athletes may experience in full contact sports, is not the only concern as it relates to brain injuries and their long term effects. This research suggests that even a single brain trauma can lead to significant side effects such as brain aging and various other conditions indicative of neurodegeneration.

Brain injuries have long been linked to brain ailments such as depression, stroke and even Alzheimer’s. This study illustrates just how serious the repercussions of a single brain injury can be.

The study conducted postmortem examinations of people who survived 1 to 47 years after a single brain injury. Their brains were matched with those of individuals who had not experienced a brain injury. This comparison was used to look for neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques.

The study’s results are as follows:

  • While Neurofibrillary tangles were typically not present in young or uninjured brains, they were found in one third of people who experienced a single traumatic brain injury.
  • In addition, amyloid plaques were also found in greater numbers in those who had experienced a TBI (traumatic brain injury).
  • Thanks to thioflavine-S staining, while all cases revealed diffused plaques, 64 percent of the TBI cases showed thioflavin S-positive plaques or mixed thioflavine S-positives that exhibited a diffused pattern.

In a nutshell, the findings of this study demonstrated that even a single traumatic brain injury can induce long-term changes in the brain that are similar to those caused by serious neurodegenerative conditions.

In the face of this information, if you or someone you know has experienced a brain injury, it’s important to speak with an experienced Sarasota personal injury lawyer who can fight for your rights. Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today for a free consultation at (941)-677-2853.

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