Experts try to stop post-brain injury epilepsy from developing

Devastating accidents occur all the time in Pennsylvania that affect people’s ability to live normal lives. While these accidents may be frequent, few injuries are as frustrating as brain injuries. Brain injuries cause long lasting damage that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. People can spend years trying to gain normal function but never be able to get back to where they were before the accident occurred.

One devastating side effect to brain injuries that some Pennsylvania residents might not understand is epilepsy. According to some research, as many as 50 percent of people who suffer a traumatic brain injury can develop epilepsy following the accident. Epilepsy can cause more damage for a person already trying to recover from a difficult ordeal.

Scientists believe that protein in the blood is responsible for this increased risk for epilepsy. They argue that this protein is normally present in blood, but speeds up neurons in the brain if the protein rich blood breaks the blood-brain barrier. Normally, experts explain, this protein would not be found in the brain. In order to try to reduce this risk, scientists are experimenting with blood pressure medication as a treatment. This medication would be administered by emergency room doctors after they have determined if a brain injury has occurred.

While these new treatments are promising, they do little for those already suffering the devastating effects of a brain injury. In order to afford the latest treatments and therapies, those suffering brain injuries because of the negligence of another person should consider their legal options. A civil suit can help keep a brain injury victims and their families from suffering financial ruin because of an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Source: Healthline News, “Berkeley Researchers Developing Emergency Drug for Brain Injuries,” Brian Krans, Feb. 21, 2014

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