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if a head injury causes memory loss. how long does it take to get it back?

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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Varies with severity: The extent and duration of memory impairment vary depending on how severe the initial injury was. Mild injury usually produces temporary symptoms, while more severe cases with damaged brain tissue will cause permanent loss of function. Much will depend on the location of the damaged tissue.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Head injury causing memory loss. Will I get it back?

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Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Neurosurgery 56 years experience
Depends on severity: Memory loss from a head injury will not return. Some patients may have retrograde amnesia (loss of memory for incidents preceding the trauma) and some may have memory loss for events during and following the trauma. Neither will return. However, subsequent memory is usually normal.
A 27-year-old female asked:

Memory loss after head injury, wil i get it back?

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Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Concussion: You probably suffered a concussion. With severe head trauma, diffuse axonal injury may lead to long lasting and sometimes subtle permanent cognitive impairment. Sometimes repeating a neuroimaging, like an mri, may be necessary. Stay in touch with your doctor so he could determine if further medical care is needed. Recovery may be slow and it may take up to three to six months in some cases.

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