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New findings on traumatic brain injury emerge

Could it largely be about so-called “lymphatic vessels?”

Long held in the scientific community to be nonexistent, lymphatic vessels were first identified only recently by researchers at the University of Virginia. The vessels reside in the brain, serving to clean that organ and keep it free of damaging toxins.

Continuing research at the UVA now concludes that the vessels’ cleansing capacity – which is centrally relevant to the immune system for its ability to fight against impairments like dementia and Alzheimer’s – can be materially compromised in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Here is why: TBI episodes cause brain swelling, which reportedly exerts undue pressure on the vessels. A report on head injuries and the important work done by lymphatic vessels underscores that such pressure can cause “serious and long-lasting impairment of the brain’s ability to purge itself of toxins.” The longer that impairment lasts, the greater the potential downsides are for long-term or permanent brain dysfunction in TBI sufferers.

The implications of that are crystal clear for individuals who suffer serious head trauma linked with car accidents, work-related mishaps, sports participation and in other contexts.

The bottom line: A medical diagnosis can’t be rushed, and treatment should never be compromised by an unaccommodating response from employers, insurers or other parties.

A key UVA research principal says that “you have to give people an opportunity to heal.” If an accurate diagnosis and resulting treatment lacks, a brain injury victim could suffer “long-term consequences that [he or she] might not see in a year but could see in a couple decades.”

Individuals with questions or concerns following an accident causing material head trauma or other type of injury can reach out for candid guidance and diligent representation to a proven personal injury legal team.