Head Injuries

Can one get Dementia from Brain Injuries?

A concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI) can increase the risk of developing dementia even 30 years later, according to a new study published recently.

How Does Dementia from Head Injury differ from other type of dementia?

A number of medical conditions can cause dementia. Some are reversible while others can lead to more permanent states of dementia. Alzheimer’s diseaseaccounts for about 55 percent of all dementia cases. Dementia due to a head injury is comparatively rare and accounts for less than 5 percent of cases.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) affect an estimated two to three million people in the United States each year. Between 400,000 and 500,000 people are hospitalized. It is difficult to find accurate statistics on how many people with a TBI go on to develop significant dementia, but there are three areas that we need to consider. The first is the link between Alzheimer’s disease and TBI;   the second, post traumatic dementia affecting the elderly and thirdly dementia pugilistica, (also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy). cont

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Christine Kennard HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

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