Study reveals past traumatic brain damage may increase risk of FTD


eMediNexus    10 January 2023

One of the most prevalent types of dementia in persons in their working years is frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Depending on the subtype, FTD spectrum disorders have a significant impact on behavior, verbal abilities, and cognitive processes. Numerous genetic alterations have been linked to these ailments, but little research has been done on their non-genetic risk factors, which could potentially be avoided.


A study from the University of Eastern Finland suggests that prior traumatic brain injury may raise the chance of FTD, particularly in patients without a hereditary mutation that causes the condition.


Additionally, patients who had sustained a head injury appeared to experience FTD earlier on average than other patients. The researchers compared Finnish FTD patients, Alzheimer′s patients, and healthy controls. The findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer′s Disease.


Researchers stated that the findings of this study point to the possibility that traumatic brain injury may serve as a trigger for the neurodegenerative processes in FTD. However, more research is still required to identify the precise underlying mechanisms.


(Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/health/past-brain-injury-may-be-linked-to-an-increased-risk-of-ftd-study-101673320149310.html)

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