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Study shows brain injuries can have long-term effects

For accident victims in California, significant brain injuries can result in a number of serious consequences. In some cases, a traumatic brain injury may even be the cause of other conditions, which can require extended medical treatment later in life.

While in the past there have been purported links between TBI incurred at a young age and conditions such as Alzheimer’s, a recent study showed no real correlation. However, a connection between other disorders, including Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s, was seen in a group of patients surveyed. While other lifestyle factors may play a role in the development of these disorders, researchers feel that subsequent results underline the potential negative consequences of TBI.

In those cases reviewed, “loss of consciousness” was an important factor in the development of later disorders. Lewy bodies were evident in various regions of the brain for those younger than 25 that were rendered unconscious for one hour or more as a result of TBI. Regarding Parkinson’s, a selection of older patients exhibited increased occurrence of the disorder after losing consciousness for the same length of time. This review focused on those experiencing a repeated occurrence of head injury throughout their lives, with up to 7130 subjects included.

Victims of serious brain injury will most likely have a number of questions regarding their legal options when harmed by the negligence of another. In this case, speaking with a knowledgeable attorney is recommended. That way injured parties can gain a greater understanding of the ramification of their specific injuries, as well as any litigation strategies that may be applicable to their claim. 

Source: Neurology Advisor, “Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Parkinson's, Lewy Body Pathology,” Shannon Aymes, MD, July 11, 2016

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