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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from sudden force/trauma to the head. Most often, the brain sustains injury not directly from the force, but indirectly, by being driven into side of the skull. The brain can suffer bruising, swelling, and potentially even open wounds and bleeding.
Injuries in which the brain is damaged but the skull remains in tact are called “closed” injuries. If the skull itself is broken or cracked, the injury is “penetrating.”
Closed injuries are more difficult to assess, as the brain is still in the “black box” of the skull. Diagnosis is instead made by observing the behavior and symptoms of the victim and inferring the severity of any TBI.
Anyone sustaining a blow to the head or a violent, whiplash-like trauma should be evaluated for TBI by a medical professional. It is extremely difficult for a TBI victim to successfully self-diagnose. Symptoms may be very slight and may easily escape the victim’s notice. However, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent further injury.
Mild TBI exists, as well as serious, life-threatening cases, which can cause irreversible damage to the brain. Any number of conditions may result: paralysis, seizures, blindness, memory loss, impaired communication skills, etc. The initial outward symptoms of TBI may be as obvious as coma or as subtle as a change in personality. Over the long-term, TBI can exert a profound effect on life quality, affecting the ability to work, to interact socially, to function physically, etc.
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