Researchers Find Brain Plaque is a Common Link Between Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at the Imperial College London in the UK have found a connection between Alzheimer’s and brain injuries by looking at brain plaque. The research, published in the Neurology medical journal, found that people who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are likely to develop amyloid plaques in the same areas as people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The research took brain scans of nine people who suffered moderate to severe TBIs, some as recently as 11 months prior and others as long as 17 years prior. Researchers compared the brain scans to 10 people with Alzheimer’s and nine healthy participants. Both the Alzheimer’s and TBI patients showed buildups of amyloid plaque in the posterior cingulate cortex. This area of the brain is the focus of study when looking for early Alzheimer’s progression.

Dementia is a long-term risk for people who suffer a TBI, and this new connection with brain plaques could shed light on why the risk increases after a brain injury. Doctors are also looking at the plaque presence as a future research possibility. Knowing the connection between amyloid plaque and TBI and Alzheimer’s could lead to new methods of treatment and prevention of both conditions.

TBIs can result in long-term disability if the damage impairs the person’s cognitive abilities and motor skills. Severe brain damage can result in an inability to work and care for oneself. Alzheimer’s disease can do the same, but over a more prolonged time. This cognitive disorder causes a gradual decline of memory, eventually making the person dependent on others for self-care.

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