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New concussion study shows the danger of traumatic brain injuries

When you imagine the impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may think of having to relearn to speak or to balance. You may think of someone struggling with memory or having to get in-home health care.

Something that you might not think of is the increased risk of neurological diseases. Research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has revealed that TBIs can be extremely harmful, even if they first appeared mild. The research suggests that some patients are at a higher risk of declining brain function in their later life, even though their injuries may have been less serious at a younger age.

The research identified a consequence of a TBI that could have long-lasting effects. As the brain swells up after an injury, it grows and presses against the skull. Between the brain and skull are lymphatic vessels that are meant to clean the brain. Unfortunately, they can be damaged. This results in an impairment of the brain's cleansing protocols, which can lead to neurological consequences.

Long-term consequences could strike late in life

Traumatic brain injuries come with a heightened risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological issues. Suicide, anxiety and depression have also been linked to TBIs.

People with multiple brain injuries, pre-existing issues with brain drainage and other brain illnesses may be at a higher risk of long-term damage than others. Fortunately, with this information, researchers can begin to look into ways to reduce the impact of brain injuries and to help the organ heal and heal better over time.

If you suffered a TBI due the the actions or negligence of someone else, an experienced attorney can help you seek compensation for the medical care and other expenses and damages.

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