Injuries to the central nervous system resulting in a head injury or spinal cord injury are most likely to result in death or lifelong disability. Nationally, about 1.5 million Americans sustain a head injury and 11,000 persons are hospitalized for spinal cord injury each year.
Symptoms of a head injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild head injury may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few minutes Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few minutes.
| Other symptoms of a head injury include:
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- A change in sleep patterns
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or
A person with a moderate to severe head injury may show these same symptoms, in addition to the following:
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- A headache that gets worse or does not go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- An inability to awaken
- Dilation of pupils
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion and agitation
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
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