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TBI and Alzheimer's disease

It is believed that between 2 and 5 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury. Research also shows that there has been a 70 percent increase in the number of hospital visits related to TBI in the past decade. Such an injury can occur to an Ohio resident in a number of different ways, but is defined as an injury that causes damage to the brain through sudden trauma.

A study revealed that the brains of those who have suffered a TBI are similar to those who have Alzheimer's. This was determined by performing a PET scan on nine individuals who had moderate to severe TBI. The average age of those individuals was 44, and there brains were compared to 10 people with Alzheimer's and nine who were considered perfectly healthy. The scans revealed that both those with TBI and Alzheimer's had brain plaques.

However, a brain impacted by a TBI had plaques in areas where no plaque existed in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore, researchers think that there must be an additional explanation for what causes them. It is believed that damage to the white matter inside of the brain after a traumatic event may be the culprit. The hope is that understanding the link between TBI and Alzheimer's could lead to a treatment for the disease in the future.

Brain injuries can be life-altering events for their victims, who may be required to undergo extensive and expensive therapy and rehabilitation. In some cases, they may no longer be able to work. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, such as in a car collision, a personal injury attorney can often assist a victim in seeking appropriate compensation.

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