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Recognize when a brain injury is not to be taken lightly
27 Jan' 21

Recognize when a brain injury is not to be taken lightly

 

Recognize when a brain injury is not to be taken lightly.  

Injury to the body's most vital organ should always be addressed seriously. If you have a head injury, you should seek medical help right once. However, if a doctor's appointment is delayed, one should be informed of the necessary procedures that must be performed in the event of a head injury. It's crucial to remember that many brain injuries don't have the same apparent signs as a sprain or a hand injury. These symptoms persist in the body and can appear days after an accident; consequently, it is critical to get medical help.  

What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?  

A head injury is a general term that encompasses a wide range of lesions to the scalp, skull, brain, and underlying tissue and blood vessels in the head. According to a John Hopkins Medicine site, "head injuries are often commonly referred to as brain damage, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), depending on the magnitude of the head trauma." Brain injuries can be caused by a direct impact on the head, an accident, or injury to the internal tissues. According to study studies, over 69 million patients worldwide suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year.  


What are the elements that put you at risk? Who is at the most risk?  

While being irresponsible is the first risk factor, as many cases of traumatic brain injury are related to car accidents, other risks are dependent on the person's lifestyle.  

Children, the elderly, those with thinner blood arteries, and those with small brains, according to experts, are at a higher risk of brain injury.  

Blood thinners, such as aspirin, increase the chance of serious consequences from a head injury. Blood does not clot easily in some persons, and even little injuries bleed profusely.  

Older persons, particularly those with dementia and other cognitive problems, as well as children, are frequently unable to articulate their symptoms, as a result of which  

Preventative measures  

Tell someone about your head injury, whether it's a minor graze or a significant concussion. If you're not having any problems, it doesn't imply the injury hasn't caused you any harm. Internal head injuries are common and don't show up till later.  

If possible, see a doctor right once and have testing done.  

If a person is hurt in the head, experts at MayoClicnic recommend keeping him or her calm, applying light pressure to the wound with a clean cloth (do not apply too much pressure as it may affect the skull) and starting CPR if the individual does not exhibit any movement.  

Along with this, one must also be aware of all potential events. 

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There are various sorts of head injuries.  

Concussion: When a person's head is hurt, they experience an immediate loss of awareness. A concussion can cause considerable pain in the hand, according to specialists, although the pain normally goes away within a few days.   

Skull fracture: The impact of the damage is seen on the skull in this example. Under the impact of the damage, the individual's skull fractures, necessitate hospitalization for treatment. Skull fractures can be linear, meaning the bone has been broken but not displaced; they can also be depressed or sunken as a result of the injury.  

A blood clot forms beneath the skull, either on top of or behind the dura, the strong covering that covers the brain, causing an epidural or subdural hematoma, which is a catastrophic form of brain injury.  

Contusion: A contusion is a type of brain injury that causes bleeding and swelling around the area where the head was impacted. 

 

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