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Every twenty-one seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury. Each year, over 50,000 people die as a result of a brain injury. As many as 90,000 others are left with a long-term disability. Most of these brain injuries are preventable.
Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when an outside force impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull. The force can also cause the skull to break. This type can be caused by direct blows from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports, physical violence, and firearms. Additional causes include rapid acceleration/deceleration of the head from motor vehicle crashes, physical violence, and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Acquired Brain Injury takes place at the cellular level within the brain. This type can be caused by airway obstruction, near-drowning, choking, electrical shock, metabolic disorders, brain tumors, vascular disruption, seizure disorders, and meningitis.
Sometimes even mild brain injuries can cause serious, long-lasting problems.
A person with a suspected brain injury should contact a physician immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
Brain Injury Association of America, CDC, and Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.
These Health Tips are for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.