Traumatic Brain Injuries

Written by Shirley Parker
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Like other forms of acquired brain injury, traumatic brain injury isn't hereditary or degenerative. The term used by medical professionals is "an insult to the brain" and that's caused by external physical force. Such an impact may cause the brain to move within the skull, as when a person's head and neck are thrown forwards and backwards during a car accident; or it may fracture the skull, directly injuring the brain.

Any force that moves the brain rapidly back and forth inside the skull will also tear apart nerve fibers and damage brain tissue. In addition to car accidents, outright physical violence will cause the same kind of severe damage. One blatant type of such violence can permanently damage infants. Everyone should be aware of the terrible effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome, which is considered the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the U.S.A. However, diagnosis is not always that straightforward, and innocent caretakers are sometimes falsely accused.

Actual skull fractures may occur when motor vehicles collide with each other or another object. Gunshot wounds, falls, sports injuries, or striking someone with any hard object can fracture the skull, resulting in partial or total disability, or death. There are many deeply rooted reasons why individuals in society should learn to control anger and frustration.

A Few Symptoms of Brain Injury

If a person exhibits any unusual behavior after a blow to the head, it's best to call 911 or get transportation to the nearest medical help. Many symptoms may be present or only one or two. Not breathing, unconsciousness, paralysis, dizziness, or a clear fluid draining from the ears or nose are critical signals.


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