Study Shows Effects of Repeat Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 11th, 2013

Jan. 10, 2013

An article from Medical Xpress reports that multiple repeat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) within a specific amount of time may result in degeneration of the brain. John T. Povlishock, PhD, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Neurotrauma and a Professor at the VCU Neuroscience Center, Medical College of Virginia stated that recent studies involving animal testing show that Traumatic Brain Injuries that occur before a previous TBI is completely healed can lead to problems with the structure, function, and response of the brain.

The study specifically examined glucose metabolism rates in the brains of rats at different times following a TBI. Researchers were able to conclude that metabolism rates were at their lowest one day following a TBI compared to the highest rates of metabolism, which occurred five days after sustaining a TBI.

An inability to metabolize nutrients can have serious effects on the brain, considering a link was recently established between repeat TBIs suffered by a former professional football player and his apparent suicide last May. Doctors stated the man suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) brought on by repeated blows to the head from playing football. The disease can cause dramatic changes in behavior and thinking, memory problems, and violent mood swings.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm know the serious dangers that a brain injury can pose to a victim and may be able to help you if you have suffered a Roanoke Brain Injury through no fault of your own.