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Symptoms of Brain Injury
There are a number of symptoms of brain injuries. The most common symptoms are loss of consciousness, vomiting, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking, dizziness, memory loss, difficulty processing thoughts, paralysis and problems with body temperature.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that are classified as a mild loss of consciousness or confusion and disorientation shorter than 30 minutes are the most common brain injury and are also considered mild. The symptoms are fatigue, headaches, inability to concentrate, memory loss, seizures, feeling of depression, irritability, nausea, vomiting, slowed thinking, confusion and loss of smell. While these symptoms may not be present initially, they can appear days or weeks after the injury so they are often missed by the injured person and doctors.
Moderate brain injuries usually result in loss of consciousness anywhere between 20 minutes to 6 hours coupled with physical or cognitive impairments. Severe brain injuries are ones resulting in loss of consciousness for more than 6 hours and an unconscious state.
Causes of Brain Injury
The causes of brain injury are diverse. An acquired brain injury is one acquired later in life and is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. It can be caused by a number of incidents, including electrical shock, airway obstruction, heart attack or stroke, toxic exposure, among other causes.
The three most common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are motor vehicle collisions, firearms and falls. Falls account for the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries among all age groups; they make up more than half of the traumatic brain injuries among children between the ages of 0 to 14 years, and account for over 35% of traumatic brain injuries among all age groups. Older individuals residing in nursing homes are susceptible to traumatic brain injuries from nursing home falls. Because many nursing home patients who fall do not receive prompt medical attention and treatment, nursing home falls are especially damaging. Motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries among all age groups.
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