Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries to the brain caused a sharp blow or jolt to the head. While there will be other, more immediate concerns in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident or fall which has resulted in a TBI, there are also, unfortunately, a number of potential long-term problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, TBIs are the most common cause of death and injury in America today. In fact, they account for 30 percent of all deaths related to injury.
In addition to a number of short-term effects, patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries also face a number of potential long-term consequences. While not every person who suffers from a TBI will experience these long-term problems, these are issues that can and sometimes do develop as a result of head trauma.
These long-term consequences include the following:
- Alzheimer’s disease. Research suggests traumatic brain injury in early adulthood may be a factor in the later development of Alzheimer’s disease, with a more severe injury resulting in a greater risk.
- Motor problems, such as Parkinson’s disease. While the development of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, tremor, ataxia, myoclonus, as a result of a traumatic brain injury is rare, it can occur.
- Dementia pugilistica, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This condition can develop as a result of experiencing repeated blows to the head over a long period of time, and most often affects boxers.
- Post-traumatic dementia. This type of dementia can result from a severe traumatic brain injury that causes a coma.
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