Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury

Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction and usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury.

Signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury can appear immediately after, a few hours or even days after the injury and may include but are not limited to physical and psychological effects such as:

– loss of consciousness (from several minutes to a hours)
– headache
– nausea
– fatigue and trouble waking up
– convulsions or seizures
– dilation of one or both pupils
– confusion
– and agitation or unusual behaviour.

Returning to work after a traumatic injury requires changes to expectations and responsibilities. The majority of individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury experience long-term disability of varying severity and require extensive rehabilitation and long-term care.

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