Head Injury Basics

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Head Injury

Millions of people suffer from head injuries every year. Use the Head Injury Web Guide to learn more about different types of head injury, including common head injuries such as concussion, cerebral contusion, skull fractures and hematomas.

Head Injury Basics

When the scalp, skull or brain is injured, it is commonly labeled a head injury. Find out more about head injury basics and how head injuries are classified.

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  • When searching online for information on head injuries, be sure to try several different search terms for the best results: Brain injury, head injury, traumatic brain injury and head trauma are good general search terms to use.

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Concussion

Although most concussions are mild, all concussions injure your brain. Like any injury, concussions require rest and time to heal. Learn more about concussion and how to recognize the symptoms.

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  • The terms “concussion” and “traumatic brain injury” (or TBI) are often used interchangeably. According to Medic8, “Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is the most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury.”
  • A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that whether a child is diagnosed with a concussion or a brain injury makes a big difference in how serious the injury is perceived to be.
  • Memory and emotional problems can persist long after a concussion is supposed to have healed, a condition called post-concussion syndrome.

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Cerebral Contusion

A cerebral contusion is a bruise on the brain. Learn what happens when your brain suffers a contusion and how a cerebral contusion differs from a concussion.

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  • When searching for information on contusions, be aware that law firms may come up in your search results, trying to drum up business for lawsuits. Their information may not be trustworthy and accurate; it’s best to stick to reputable medical institutions and universities.

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Skull Fracture

A skull fracture is when the skull (cranial bones) surrounding the brain is broken. Get information on the symptoms of skull fracture and how skull fractures can be treated.

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Intracranial Hematoma

An intracranial hematoma is a blood clot on the brain’s surface (epidural) or within the brain (subdural). Learn more about the two types of intracranial hematomas.

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