Head injury link to Alzheimers

A head injury can cause changes to your brain which are associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to research.  This raises the possible link between brain injury and dementia, but more research is needed.

Doctors studied people who had a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury, sometimes shortened to TBI, which was sustained between 11 months and 17 years ago.  By doing brain scans they showed that their brains contained protein clumps called plaques, which are also found in Alzheimer’s patients.  The people with more brain injury had more of these plaques.  They also found that head injury victims also developed plaques in the cerebellum, which is not seen in people with Alzheimer’s.

The researcher Prof. David Sharp of Imperial College in London, said,

‘People after a head injury are more likely to develop dementia, but it isn't clear why. Our findings suggest TBI leads to the development of the plaques which are a well-known feature of Alzheimer's disease.’

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This study suggests that actual damage to the brain tissue can cause these plaques and if this is proven, head injury victims may be treated by neurologists to try and prevent Alzheimer’s from developing. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury caused by someone else and want to know how we can help, please please contact Andy Shaw or call us on 0800 073 0988.

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