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What are the impact of brain injuries

See your doctor right away if you think you have the symptoms of a serious head injury. In particular, you should always seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following: In the case of a potentially serious head injury, you should always call 911 or your local emergency services.

  1. This is currently referred to as persistent post-concussive symptoms.
  2. Common events causing traumatic brain injury include the following. This damage could lead to a stroke, blood clots or other problems.
  3. Paralysis of facial muscles or losing sensation in the face Loss of or altered sense of smell Loss of or altered sense of taste Loss of vision or double vision Swallowing problems.
  4. Motion can sometimes make a head injury worse.

Motion can sometimes make a head injury worse. Emergency medical personnel are trained to move injured people carefully without causing more damage.

How is a head injury diagnosed? The GCS is a 15-point test that assesses your mental status. A high GCS score indicates a less severe injury. Your doctor will need to know the circumstances of your injury. It will be important for your doctor to determine if you lost consciousness and for how long if you did. Your doctor will also examine you to look for signs of trauma, including bruising and swelling.

During this exam, your doctor will evaluate your nerve function by assessing your muscle control and strength, eye movement, and sensation, among other things.

Head Injury

Imaging tests are commonly used to diagnose head injuries. A CT scan will help your doctor look for fractures, evidence of bleeding and clottingbrain swelling, and any other structural damage.

You may also receive an MRI scan. This can offer a more detailed view of the brain. How is a head injury treated? The treatment for head injuries depends on both the type and the severity of the injury. With minor head injuries, there are often no symptoms other than pain at the site of the injury.

In these cases, you may be told to take acetaminophen Tylenol for the pain. These can make any bleeding worse.

What are the Effects of TBI?

If you have an open cut, your doctor may use sutures or staples to close it. But you should be woken up every two hours or so to check for any new symptoms. You should go back to the doctor if you develop any new or worsening symptoms. You may need to be hospitalized if you have a serious head injury. The treatment you receive at the hospital will depend on your diagnosis. The treatment for severe head injuries can include: You may be given diuretics if your injury has caused pressure buildup in your brain.

Diuretics cause you to excrete more fluids.

  • Traumatic brain injuries at the base of the skull can cause nerve damage to the nerves that emerge directly from the brain cranial nerves;
  • Your healthcare team will work with you to ensure that you have as full of a recovery as possible;
  • Altered consciousness Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can result in prolonged or permanent changes in a person's state of consciousness, awareness or responsiveness;
  • This may be an appropriate treatment if your blood vessels are damaged;
  • This results from widespread damage to all parts of the brain;
  • When there is no measurable activity in the brain and the brainstem, this is called brain death.

This can help relieve some of the pressure. If your injury is very serious, you may be given medication to put you in an induced coma.

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This may be an appropriate treatment if your blood vessels are damaged. Surgery It may be necessary to do emergency surgery to prevent further damage to your brain. For example, your doctor may need to operate to: The outlook depends on the severity of your injury. Severe head injuries in childhood can be particularly concerning. Your healthcare team will work with you to ensure that you have as full of a recovery as possible.