Traumatic Brain Injury


What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

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Dr. Griffin Rodgers: Traumatic Brain Injury is a 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, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

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

Dr. Walter 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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