Study Suggests New Cell Growth After Brain Injury May Cause Seizures
It is estimated that some 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) per year. Of those, approximately 52,000 experience a fatality. The rest must endure time away from work, financial loss, and the possibility of long-term complications, such as poor memory or gaps in cognitive function. Studies also suggest that TBI victims may be at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
Sadly, science still does not understand why these links may exist, nor do they know how to mitigate against them. Instead, they continue to search for answers about the brain and its ability to recover – either with medication, on its own, or through various forms of treatment. One group believes they may have just made a monumental discovery, and it could explain why all other forms of treatment are not working.
New Cell Growth After Traumatic Brain Injury
After a head injury occurs, a burst of new cells is born inside the brain. Scientific consensus has always been that this growth is a positive, healing thing for the brain, but researchers now have reason to believe that it could increase the risk of seizures, which could ultimately lead to a decline in cognitive function. Furthermore, researchers have determined that the new cell growth declines dramatically about a month after the injury, and that can also lead to complications for the victim. An experimental drug, similar to another being used in a clinical trial for chemotherapy, was found to prevent excessive neurogenesis after brain injury and decrease the risk of seizure. However, more information is needed to determine if and how such treatment may be appropriate for human brain injury victims.
Moving Forward After a Head Injury
Moving forward after a head injury can be difficult – not just because there is the risk of long-term complications, or even because the victim may lose time at work. Victims suffer, often in silence, because they may not know where to turn and ask for help. They may even truly believe that they alone must bear the burden of their injury. Thankfully, this is not always the case.
Victims who have experienced a head injury because of negligence may be entitled to compensation. Prime examples of such situations include auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. However, there are several others that may be considered eligible for compensation as well. An experienced attorney can evaluate your situation and help you determine if negligence may have been a factor in your accident.
Contact Our Fremont Personal Injury Lawyer
Louis J. Willett, Attorney at Law, can protect your rights and best interests in a personal injury case. Dedicated and experienced, we always pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Learn more about how our Fremont personal injury lawyer can assist with your case by scheduling a free and personalized consultation. Call our offices at 510-791-2244 today.