Assertive Injury Representation Throughout West Virginia
Farmer, Cline & Campbell, PLLC
Dedicated Service. Passionate Representation. A History Of Success.
Click Here TO Call Now Free Consults 866-587-0167 Injury Throughout West Virginia
Main Menu

Gene could increase risk of post-TBI psychiatric symptoms

West Virginia readers possessing a variant of the APOE gene might experience more severe psychiatric symptoms if they suffer a traumatic brain injury, according to a new report. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, was published in the Journal of Neurotrauma in February.

Previous research has shown that traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are linked to an elevated risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. The new VA study also found that TBI patients were more likely to be diagnosed with psychiatric disorders than those who had never suffered a TBI. In an attempt to explain why this happens, the researchers looked for a biological link between TBIs and psychiatric disorders and singled out a variant of the APOE gene.

This variant, APOE4, is a known risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Studies have also shown that war veterans who possess it may be at an increased risk of developing PTSD. To find out if the gene increases the risk of psychiatric disorders after suffering a TBI, researchers tested 133 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for the presence of the gene. Of those studied, 79 participants had suffered a TBI and 54 had not. They found that those who suffered a TBI and had the APOE4 gene experienced more severe psychiatric symptoms than those who had a TBI and a different APOE variant. Meanwhile, those who did not suffer a TBI and had the APOE4 gene experienced no change in the severity of their psychiatric symptoms. The lead author of the study said the results indicate that genetic risk could explain the poor outcomes of some TBI patients.

If a traumatic brain injury was caused by the negligence of another party, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages. An attorney could evaluate a victim's case and help prepare the claim.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Three Convenient Office Locations

Charleston Office
746 Myrtle Road
Charleston, WV 25314

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Charleston Law Office Map

Beckley Office
101 North Kanawha Street, Suite 101
Beckley, WV 25801

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Beckley Law Office Map

Morgantown Office
453 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Suite 300
Morgantown, WV 26505

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Morgantown Law Office Map

Connect With Our Attorneys

Distinguished ™ AV ® LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability 2015 Litigator Awards | Ranked Top 1% of Lawyers Super Lawyers Chambers and Partners Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers| 2017 Martindale-Hubbell The Best Lawyers in America American Association for Justice Million Dollar  Advocates Forum

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.