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The long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury

Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that a serious brain injury may lead to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease as well as other forms of dementia. Researchers from the Imperial College in London came to this conclusion after comparing the brain scans of healthy individuals with those of 99 people who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The results of the study were published in April 2015 in the Annals of Neurology.

According to researchers, a serious brain injury appears to age the brain by approximately five years. Details of brain scans taken up to 46 years after a serious injury had occurred were entered into a computer model that compared the amount of the brain's white matter with the amount of its gray matter. The findings indicated that the brains of individuals who had suffered an injury took on the characteristics of older brains. It is believed that the changes observed were caused by inflammation.

It is hoped that the computer model used by the researchers will allow doctors to screen individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury to evaluate their likelihood of developing an age-related neurological condition. The lead researcher said that medical professionals should be aware that it may be years after a traumatic event before the full consequences of this type of injury become apparent.

Suffering a traumatic brain injury is often a life-changing event. Accident victims who suffer such an injury are often unable to work for prolonged periods, and they may require the assistance of a full-time caregiver. This can lead to serious financial challenges, and a personal injury attorney may file a lawsuit on their behalf if negligent actions contributed to their condition. An attorney with experience of brain injury cases may understand the long-term nature of this kind of injury as well as the costs of providing appropriate treatment.

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