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Does a Traumatic Brain Injury Increase Your Likelihood of Developing Dementia?

Person with staples in their head after a brain surgery shows off the scar

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a life-altering event. Even mild brain injuries can have long-term consequences, including an increased risk of developing dementia. This was the conclusion of a research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and published in JAMA Neurology.

Dementia Later In Life Is More Likely After Sustaining a TBI

The researchers looked at data from a vast cohort with a mean baseline age of 54 years. They found that 25 years after sustaining a brain injury, these individuals are up to 1.25 times more likely to develop dementia than those who have not had a TBI. Similarly, two or more prior head injuries are linked to double the risk of dementia compared to those without a head injury history.

Interestingly, the risk seemed to increase as time went on: 15 years after sustaining a TBI, there was still an 18% higher likelihood of developing dementia; 10 years after sustaining a TBI, there was a 26% increased risk; and 5 years after sustaining a TBI, there was a 32% higher risk for developing dementia.

Further research may be able to identify potential treatments or preventive measures for individuals who have had head trauma.

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