Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Koroshetz discusses traumatic brain injury and tells listeners about symptoms to look out for and when to seek medical attention.

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DR. RODGERS: Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults in the United States.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, explains:

DR. KOROSHETZ: Yes, traumatic brain injury results from a blow or jolt to the head that causes changes within the brain. This type of injury can happen after a fall, a motor vehicle accident, or even a sports-related concussion.

Symptoms can be mild to severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the structure and function of the brain.

Post-concussive symptoms can include headache, confusion, and blurred vision, along with sensitivity to light, problems concentrating, or nausea and vomiting. Most traumatic brain injuries are mild and short-lasting, but anyone with ongoing symptoms should seek medical attention right away.

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