Rehab Management - TBI Linked To Higher Risk of Older Adult Mortality, Not Dementia, Researchers Say

 – December 27, 2012  –– 

A study led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai indicates that while a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) with loss of consciousness is not linked to an elevated risk for developing dementia of Alzheimer’s Disease, it may be associated with re-injury and higher mortality rates in patients who have sustained a TBI in older adulthood. The results reflect that, “The increased risk of re-injury in older adults as well as a link between recent TBI and mortality underscores the need for effective strategies to prevent injuries and re-injuries in this population,” says Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD, first study author, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
- Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Connor, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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