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Slight and transit brain injury?

Slight and transit brain injury?

Good question: The brain is very complex. Brief disruption can happen, and full recovery can occur. A transient ischemic event can happen. Concussion can happen. A seizure can happen. A migraine can happen. A psychotic break can happen. All can recover fully or leave deficits. A good neurologist can help determine cause and effect. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Can you recover from brain-injury?

Can you recover from brain-injury?

Yes and no: There is a "s" curve of recovery. Recovery may stall or be slow at first, then pick up sharply with remarkable effect, but then slow again short of full recovery. Careful directed therapy, careful use of medications, and good motivation all play a part in how complete the recovery may become. ...Read more

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What are the tests for brain injury?

What are the tests for brain injury?

Neuroimaging: The most widely used tests are neuroimaging - CAT scan and MRI scans of many forms. Other tests include electroencephalogram, evoked potentials and most important, the clinical neurological examination. ...Read more

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I have brain injury, what to expect ?

I have brain injury, what to expect ?

Depends: Really depends on what you are asking about -- residual cognitive dysfunction, memory or possibility of seizures are all possible sequellae of head trauma. ...Read more

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What are common causes of brain injury?

What are common causes of brain injury?

CDC guidelines: According to cdc: the leading causes of tbi are: falls (35.2%); motor vehicle – traffic (17.3%); struck by/against events (16.5%); and assaults (10%). The link for the above is at: http://www.Cdc.Gov/traumaticbraininjury/causes.Html. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain injury.?

Describe the features of a brain injury.?

Brain injury: Organic brain injury is not a disease in itself. Instead, this term refers to any number of conditions that frequently lead to decreased mental functioning, usually trauma, but causes may include infection (meningitis), poisons (carbon monoxide), tumors. With the iraqi and afghanistan wars there has been a dramatic increase in closed head injury with resulting brain injury. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have a brain injury?

What to do if I think I have a brain injury?

Brain injury: It really depends on the injury, how severe it was and the resultant effect on you. If "you think" you have had a brain injury then it is likely not that severe. If you think it was more severe then you need to consult with a neurologist for an evaluation to determine how severe or not severe the injury might be. ...Read more

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Would a brain injury cause you to get pacns?

Would a brain injury cause you to get pacns?

Not Likely: Primary angiitis of the central nervous system (pacns), is a rare disorder specifically targeting the CNS blood supply. Its' cause is unknown. It is thought to be triggered by infection but no specific agent has been identified. I could find no association with brain injury. ...Read more

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Can a brain injury cause a speech impediment?

Can a brain injury cause a speech impediment?

Yes: Brain injury can cause a speech impediment depending on the part of brain involved, structural damage to face, ears, nerves. ...Read more

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What are the features of a "mild" brain injury?

What are the features of a "mild" brain injury?

Erroneous assumption: The concept of "minor" brain injury is misplaced. All brain injury is serious. Exact need for rehabilitation recommendations depends on type of injury, extent of disability and patient's pre-existing level of function. ...Read more

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How do I deal with someone with a brain injury?

How do I deal with someone with a brain injury?

Tough question : Very broad question. Google brain injury support groups and find one in your area. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of brain injury?

What are the most common causes of brain injury?

Depends...: It depends on how you define brain injury. You could have brain injury caused by trauma (probably the biggest cause), stroke, tumor, brain surgery, bleeds, infection. I have seen brain injury caused by all of these. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have had a brain injury?

Let me explain: You have to try to understand your injury? What are your limitations? You have to try to live with your limitation? Do not bashful to ask for gaudiness and help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any natural protection from brain injury?

Depends: Viral infections yes by good hygiene practices. Genetically derived dementia including alzheimer's can be unpredictable. Curb lifestyle habits including substance abuse. ...Read more

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Is brain injury to the front considered very serious?

Is brain injury to the front considered very serious?

Can be very serious: Any injury to the brain can have serious implications. The severity depends on the extent of the trauma and what areas of the brain are involved. Frontal lobe trauma can effect intellectual functions and vision among other issues. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that can follow a brain injury?

Many: Lack of initiative, loss of taste/smell, nerve dysfunction, facial paralysis, weakness of the extremities, change in personality, loss of vision, memory loss. There are far too many symptoms that can follow traumatic brain injury- if you can imagine it, it can probably happen. ...Read more

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Why am I so scared of everything after a brain injury?

Need evaluation: Are you concerned about re-injury? Was it a traumatic brain injury? Frontal lobe affected? Have you been diagnosed with depression or post traumatic stress disorder? This is not a simple subject- It isn't one we can answer on HealthTap Basic. It is worth discussing with your neurologist. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Brain injury?

What is the definition or description of: Brain injury?

Brain Injury=: damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such as trauma or ischemia/stroke ...Read more

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It happens that a brain injury cause symptoms years after?

It happens that a brain injury cause symptoms years after?

Long term sequelae: There are long term sequelae that may be associated with brain injury. The more severe the brain injury, the more likely the sequelae. Mri technology has exploded in recent years and allows one to see signs of prior damage to white matter tracts or signs of small microhemorrhages. An example of a possible long-term sequelae is the development of normal pressure hydrocephalus many (>10) years later. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma. It can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the trauma, patient age, and other issues such as whether the patient has had previous trauma or ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more