Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Is Related to Elevated Cerebrospinal Fluid Tau in Alzheimer's Disease Dementia.
Few studies have examined an association between mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). For this reason, we compared an AD dementia group with an mTBI history (n = 10) to a matched AD control group (n = 20) on measures of cognitive function, cerebral glucose metabolism, and markers of amyloid and tau deposition. Only a trend and medium-to-large effect size for higher phosphorylated and total tau was identified for the mTBI group. A history of mTBI may be associated with greater tau in AD, indicating a potential pathway for increasing risk for AD, though further evaluation with larger samples is needed.
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LoBue C, Kelley BJ, Hart J, Helphrey J, Schaffert J, Cullum CM, Peters ME, Douglas PM; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Is Related to Elevated Cerebrospinal Fluid Tau in Alzheimer's Disease Dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022;87(4):1491-1496. doi: 10.3233/JAD-220112. PMID: 35491792; PMCID: PMC9241585.
Department of Psychiatry