Study finds brain injury leads to premature brain aging
A new study adds another symptom connected to TBI’s.
The list of long term effects connected to traumatic brain injuries continues to grow. Previous studies have linked traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s, with behavioral changes, cognitive problems, emotional changes and an increased risk of developing degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The most recent study finds that TBI’s can trigger increased inflammation long after the initial injury, resulting in increased aging of the brain.
The study, published in the April edition of Annals of Neurology, reviewed brain scans from 99 patients who suffered from a TBI. The tests were taken from one month to 46 years after the injury, according to a recent report by the Psychiatry Advisor. These scans were compared to healthy patients that had not suffered from a TBI. An analysis of these tests found that the scans of patients with a TBI resembled brains of those from much older people.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury
Many symptoms can be associated with a TBI, in addition to a prematurely aging brain. These symptoms can include immediate and long lasting problems. Some examples include:
- Immediate symptoms. Depending on the severity of the injury, a TBI can immediately result in unconsciousness ranging in time span from a few moments to a long lasting coma or vegetative state. Victims can also experience dizziness and nerve damage leading to a loss of vision and swallowing problems as well as cognitive issues including confusion.
- Mid-range issues. The medical experts with Mayo Clinic also note that additional issues can develop shortly after the injury, including changes in mood and development of depression.
- Long-term impact. As noted above, the presence of a TBI increases the risk of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and various forms of dementia.
These are just a few of the many symptoms connected to brain injuries. Additional symptoms can occur and depend on each victim’s unique situation.
Common causes of brain injuries
Brain injuries are the result of a traumatic injury to the head that causes damage to brain cells, bleeding in or around the brain as well as swelling and blood clots that may disrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain, potentially causing additional damage. Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of these injuries, since these collisions involve a sudden stopping motion which can cause damage to the brain. Additional causes include falls, violent acts and injuries from sports.
Those who suffer from a TBI due to the negligent or reckless act of another are likely eligible to receive compensation. This compensation can help not only cover the cost of immediate medical and rehabilitative expenses, but also cover the cost of projected long-term expenses. It is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced brain damage lawyer. This legal professional will review your case and tailor a legal strategy to better ensure you receive the full compensation you are entitled to.