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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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I was on a go cart that was shaking up and down pretty fast am I going to have Some.kinda brain damage or something I have anxiety and I'm just worrie?

I was on a go cart that was shaking up and down pretty fast am I going to have Some.kinda brain damage or something I have anxiety and I'm just worrie?

Concussion definitio: Concussion by definition, involves a mental status change with possible confusion, amnesia with or without a loss of consciousness. Although reporting of concussions is on the rise, without any of the above symptoms it is unlikely you suffered a concussion. Enough force has to be applied to the body or head to shake or concuss the brain inside the skull to produce a concussion. ...Read more

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How much do you have to shake your head to get brain damage?

Shaken or shake self: Probably almost impossible if you shake your own head. Very vigorous shaking, if shaken as an abult. Very little shaking can cause significant brain damage to a baby, toddler or person with an unknown or known brain aneurism or blood vessel abnormality. ...Read more

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My boyfriend punching me in my head always can it cause brain damage?

My boyfriend punching me in my head always can it cause brain damage?

Yes: Repeated blows to the head can cause damage to the brain. This is why boxers and football players have issues the longer they perform. My question is why do you stay with someone who repeatedly hits you in the head. It is a well proven fact that domestic violence WILL escalate and has proven to be fatal. Get out now and don't look back. ...Read more

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Head rushes, how can I stop them, and can they cause any brain damage?

Yes: Symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness and headaches that occur with change in position (lying to sitting or sitting to standing) are often caused by dehydration or low blood pressure. Start by changing position slowly. In the morning sit on the edge of the bed for a minute before standing. Increase your water intake as well. If the symptoms continue talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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When angry w/ myself I will occasionally hit (5-6x) myself in the head with right fist w/ full strength. Should I worry about brain damage?

When angry w/ myself I will occasionally hit (5-6x) myself in the head with right fist w/ full strength. Should I worry about brain damage?

Possibly. : It really depends on how hard you are actually hitting yourself. My bigger concern is that you are doing that at all to manage your anger. I strongly encourage you to seek out evaluation asap by a certified behavioral health specialist to help you develop healthier and safer anger management skills. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 20 and for a few times i head banged hard to music.i mostly shake my head slowly.I put it away now.is it possible for permanent brain damage?

I'm 20 and for a few times i head banged hard to music.i mostly shake my head slowly.I put it away now.is it possible for permanent brain damage?

No...: "Head Banging" or shaking your head to loud rock music is not going to cause brain damage. You brain is very protected in your skull — avoid "head banging" your head into hard surfaces (which would likely only break your skin) and you should be fine. Enjoy your music, have fun, and protect your hearing by avoiding excessively loud music. ...Read more

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Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Who Shakes Head?: The baby can't shake his head enough to cause damage. But if the baby is shaken by someone else there can be severe and fatal brain injury. Babies must not be shaken! ...Read more

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Can whipping head back and forth cause brain damage?

Can whipping head back and forth cause brain damage?

Probably not: Unless you are hitting your head, the answer is probably no. However, you could certainly injure you neck. ...Read more

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Can you get brain damage from getting hit in the head?

Can you get brain damage from getting hit in the head?

Yes: Depending on the degree of impact and transmitted force, you can lose consciousness, a concussion; have just a localized bruise over the scalp or even have a traumatic brain injury that affects memory and emotions. Repetitive head injury builds up, e.g., football and hockey players who develop "post-traumatic encephalopathy". ...Read more

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Could I cause myself brain damage by turning my head fast?

Significant force: Not usually in adults unless severe incident in high speed motor vehicle accident. In infants can cause intracranial hemorrhage with sheering of blood vessels, so called shaken baby syndrome. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have brain damage from hitting my head?

How to determine if I have brain damage from hitting my head?

Cognitive: You can undergo a cognitive evaluation at a rehab center. ...Read more

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Will getting hit on the head really hard cause unknown brain damage?

You: Either have clinical evidence of brain damage or you don't. If you aren't sure of your neurological status please see a neurologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could small hits to the head hundreds or thousands of times cause brain damage?

Likely: This is critical in professional sports these days, and is called "post-traumatic encephalopathy", and the consequence of repetitive head injuries. ...Read more

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Can I cause brain damage if my head is jerked around while I am concussed? Or does there need to be some mechanical force involved?

Can I cause brain damage if my head is jerked around while I am concussed? Or does there need to be some mechanical force involved?

Post-consussion: After a concussion, for weeks the brain is at greatly increased risk of damage from repeated trauma. This would include jostling from a roller-coaster or off-roading, contact sports. Even excess visual stimulation such as reading, (yes reading!), must be avoided after a concussion until completely recovered. It is a very sensitive and potentially dangerous recovery period which must be respected. ...Read more

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Can a hit to the head cause brain damage? I was smacked at the side of the head and the back of the head with a t. V remote could anything bad happen?

Can a hit to the head cause brain damage? I was smacked at the side of the head and the back of the head with a t. V remote could anything bad happen?

Unlikely: Absent loss of consciousness, seizures, arm/leg weakness, altered vision, persistent severe post-traumatic headaches, you likely will have no ill effects. It actually takes fairly hard trauma to the head to hurt someone your age. ...Read more

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Would brain damage caused by a blow to the head show up on an MRI?

Would brain damage caused by a blow to the head show up on an MRI?

Brain injuries & MRI: Some brain injuries show on MRI, like contusion, bleeding, etc. Not all injuries show on an MRI. Concussion may appear as no injury on MRI. ...Read more

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Can a blow to the head with no loss of consciousness have any brain damage?

Not likely: The brain is well cushioned in a pool of fluid surrounded by a tough bony shell. A heat hit with no loss of consciousnes and a lack of the dazing (called by coaches ringing your bell), is unlikely to have any demonstrable effects. Of course I assume this is isolated and you are not having repeated blows to the head. This is why athletes wear helmets. ...Read more

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What to do if I know head banging can cause brain damage but what about head bobbing?

What to do if I know head banging can cause brain damage but what about head bobbing?

Bobbing not damaging: There is no evidence that head bobbing causes brain injury. Usually the deflections of the head on neck are not sufficiently forceful to cause a problem. ...Read more

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I tapped my left side head with my finger a few times hard. Did I cause G-d Forbid, any brain damage?

I tapped my left side head with my finger a few times hard. Did I cause G-d Forbid, any brain damage?

No: Tapping your head with your finger, no matter how hard, will not damage your brain.
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Would a hit to the head cause brain cell loss/brain damage? If so, what degree of impact is required to lose the cells? I was swimming hit my head.

Would a hit to the head cause brain cell loss/brain damage? If so, what degree of impact is required to lose the cells? I was swimming hit my head.

See Below: You would need to have a structural lesion affecting the brain as a result of head trauma in order to lose brain cell functions. This is usually caused by a remarkable head impact and is associated with symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, or altered mental status and require to be immediately evaluated. ...Read more

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I was physically abused for 6 years of my marriage. I was hit in the head a lot and my memory and such seems impaired. Could it be from brain damage

I was physically abused for 6 years of my marriage. I was hit in the head a lot and my memory and such seems impaired. Could it be from brain damage

Maybe not?: Certainly repetitive head trauma can cause problems but what if there is something else going on too? You would not want to miss that "something else". Seek care with your doctor and preferably a specialist for concussion. ...Read more

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Involuntary tics in head are they from brain damage?

Involuntary tics in head are they from brain damage?

Not exactly: Tics can involve muscles in the head, face, arms, legs or any muscle group in the body. Facial tics are the most common. The cause of tics is unknown, but brain damage as from traumatic brain injury rarely cause tics. The cause is usually genetic, but there is evidence that tics may also arise as a consequence of certain infections such as strep. ...Read more

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Does hitting a soccer ball with your head cause brain damage?

Yes: There is medical evidence that over years, repeated mini-concussions from heading soccer balls can cause brain damage. ...Read more

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How do you identify brain damage from head trauma or from a concussion, a year after the fact?

How do you identify brain damage from head trauma or from a concussion, a year after the fact?

Possibly by MRIs: Mri technology has advanced dramatically in the last few years. Specialized sequences looking at the white fiber tracts or looking for signs of micro hemorrhages (t2-star sequences) are useful for detecting abnormalities. If the head injury is more severe clinically, there are usually more findings on mri. These may be followed over time with serial MRI scans to see if they hopefully improve. ...Read more

Shaking (Definition)

Shaking is a symptom in which a person has tremors (shakiness or small back and forth movements) in part or all of his body. Shaking can be due to cold body temperatures, rising fever (such as with infections), neurological problems, medicine ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more