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Is a brain contusion different from a concussion?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Related

"concussion" describes the suite of symptoms related to a recent head injury.
A "brain contusion" is the actual bruise on your brain caused by the head injury and, in turn, causing the symptoms of the concussion.

In brief: Related

"concussion" describes the suite of symptoms related to a recent head injury.
A "brain contusion" is the actual bruise on your brain caused by the head injury and, in turn, causing the symptoms of the concussion.
David Miller
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Dr. James Natalie
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Slightly

A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by forces transmitted to it from the body.
A brain contusion is a type of concussion characterized by a collection of blood within the brain seen on imaging (Ct scan, MRI). Most concussions have normal imaging, so seeing a collection of blood (contusion) in the brain would imply a more serious injury.

In brief: Slightly

A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by forces transmitted to it from the body.
A brain contusion is a type of concussion characterized by a collection of blood within the brain seen on imaging (Ct scan, MRI). Most concussions have normal imaging, so seeing a collection of blood (contusion) in the brain would imply a more serious injury.
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