A Possible Link between TBI and Dementia

September 19, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

We often associate dementia with old age however a study by Kristine Yaffe, MD from UCSF has found that patients who have been diagnosed with TBI (traumatic brain injury) have more than double the risk of developing dementia within 7 years of diagnosis.

Dr. Yaffe concluded that TBI hastens dementia, while other studies seem to conclude it hastens Alzheimer's. What is not understood is that actual link between the brain trauma and the development of the disease.  According to Dr. Yaffe there is also a link between PTSD and the risk of dementia as well.

Again, we don't know exactly the mechanism. Somehow there's something about chronic stress or changes in the brain that are linked to increased risk of dementia. So one of the questions now is, if you treat PTSD, would that then in turn lower that risk? We don't know....Having a TBI or having PTSD - both of them carry about a doubling of risk.

The research was based on data of over 280,000 veterans in the USA. As we've mentioned here before the American government is pouring unprecedented amounts of money into research of TBI and its long term effects. This research will help all victims of TBI, and can also help to quantify long term damages sought by accident victims.



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