Amyloid plaques could be sustained in brain injury patients over a decade after injury

Written by Alice Weatherston

Extensive research now suggests that head injuries in early to mid-life can increase the risk of dementia later in life, however the mechanism and biological changes underlying this association have remained little understood. New research from Imperial College London (UK), published today in Neurology, however has revealed that amyloid plaques identified in the brains of head injury patients shortly after an incident can remain in the brain for over a decade. The findings offer a possible explanation for the increase in dementia risk in brain injury patients and may help to influence the management and treatment of head injuries to...

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