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Brain Health: Understanding the Signs and Severity of Concussions and Head Injuries

Brain Health: Understanding the Signs and  Severity of Concussions and Head InjuriesHigh-contact sports are a hot topic in the news due to the prevalence of concussions and brain injuries, but head trauma can happen at any age, especially the elderly with their risk of falls and degenerative bone density. The skull is meant to protect the brain, but it is sometimes unable to shield the brain from damage with excessive force or trauma. When the brain makes contact with the skull, there is an increased risk of blood vessel tearing and bruising (contusion) that can also affect the nerves within the brain. If the damage is severe, the brain may begin to swell within the skull, limiting blood flow. This is extremely life-threatening and can lead to a stroke due to lack of oxygen and glucose. A concussion can occur from a mild blow to the head, either with or without loss of consciousness. There are also risks of skull fractures, and bone fragments injuring the brain.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a hematoma is a blood clot that collects in or around the brain. If active bleeding persists, hematomas can rapidly enlarge. Like brain swelling, the increasing pressure within the rigid confines of the skull (due to an enlarging blood clot) can cause serious neurological problems and can even be life-threatening. Some hematomas are surgical emergencies. Hematomas that are small can sometimes go undetected initially but may cause symptoms and require treatment several days or weeks later.1

Concussion Symptoms:1
• Prolonged headache
• Vision disturbances
• Dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Impaired balance
• Confusion
• Memory loss
• Ringing ears
• Difficulty concentrating
• Sensitivity to light
• Loss of smell or taste

Mild Injuries
Like concussions, mild injuries to the brain may not be observable in routine neurological examinations. Diagnostic tests typically will not show any changes. Therefore, diagnosis is based on the nature of the incident and the presence of specific symptoms, confusion being a primary one.1

3 Symptoms of Confusion are:1
• Inability to maintain a coherent stream of thought
• A disturbance of awareness with heightened distractibility
• Inability to carry out a sequence of goal-directed movements

If you or someone you know has had any trauma to the head, it’s critical to be proactive and seek medical care, which will include physical examination and possibly diagnostic imaging to rule out contusions, concussions or more severe brain injuries. Likewise, if it is a severe traumatic event, call 911 immediately.

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References:
1. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, “Concussion—
Prevalence of Head Injury,” 2019, Rolling Meadows, Il,
https://www.aans.org/patients/neurosurgical-conditions-and-
treatments/concussion

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