Premature brain aging may be result of traumatic brain injury

For many years, Pittsburgh medical professionals have informed us of the damage caused by traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are often suffered as a result of car accidents, falls, and various athletic activities. The effects of TBIs depend on the severity of the injury. Mild TBIs could involve brief unconsciousness, changes in mood, memory loss, and trouble communicating. More severe TBIs could result in a coma, impaired thinking, depression, long-term amnesia, and even death. In some cases, those who suffer traumatic brain injuries could suffer from neurological problems for the rest of their lives.

Brain injuries have long since been associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. A recent study by United Kingdom researchers shows yet another effect of TBIs. The study involved 99 people with TBIs caused by assaults, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. The participants in the study all suffered from long-lasting neurological issues. Scans were taken from one month after the injury to 46 years after the injury.

After comparing these scans with those of healthy people, researchers found that the brain ages faster for those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. By measuring the brain’s white and grey matter through a computer model, researchers found that the structures of the participants’ brains changed to resemble those of older adults. The participants’ brains seemed to be about five years older than their actual age.

Brain injury has proven to be one of the most serious consequences of various kinds of accidents and could lead to permanent disability. In addition to the physical toll taken, these injuries can result in significant financial and emotional losses. Therefore, those who have suffered from these injuries caused by the negligence of another may want to consider their legal options.

Source: Psychiatry Advisor, “Traumatic Brain Injury May Lead To Premature Brain Aging,” April 2, 2015