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The Sources of Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be broken down into two categories; traumatic and acquired. A traumatic brain injury is the result of some sort of direct impact to the brain, while an acquired brain injury can be the result of a medical condition or indirect trauma to the head. There are initial and immediate consequences to a brain injury and then there are the long-term effects that can linger for days, weeks, months or even years.

Symptoms of people experiencing a brain injury may include:

  • Find it difficult to concentrate on any activity
  • Feel persistent dizziness that can lead to nausea
  • Have severe and unexplained headaches
  • Become easily irritated
  • Experience bouts of amnesia

Both acquired and trauma injury patients may show these signs at some point in the development of their condition.

These symptoms may be progressive in both traumatic and acquired cases. The symptoms can continue indefinitely, or they can be cleared up with treatment and time. In some cases, extended progressive brain injury symptoms can lead to loss of control on bodily functions, complete body paralysis, loss of long-term memory and inability to speak.

While traumatic and acquired brain injuries sometimes share common symptoms, the sources of these conditions are very different.

Acquired Brain Injuries

An acquired brain injury can be the result of a genetic condition or something that has affected the brain that is not the result of a direct traumatic injury. In most cases, an acquired brain injury will show symptoms over a long period of time and those symptoms tend to get progressively worse. Acquired brain injuries can be the result of genetic issues with the victim or could also be a direct or indirect blow to the head. The difference is that the symptoms do not appear immediately as they do with traumatic injuries.

An acquired brain injury can also be the result of a violent blow, but it is something that takes time to develop. For example, if you were in a car accident and felt fine immediately afterwards, then you may not consider yourself to have a brain injury. But if you begin to develop random and violent headaches a week later, then that can be an acquired brain injury.

Other examples of things that could cause acquired brain injuries include anything that cuts off the flow of air or blood to the brain such as choking or a severed artery, a natural or artificial electrical shock, diseases that cause inflammation of the airways such as those diseases that are carried by insects, the AIDS virus and other severe viral infections, a stroke, ingestion or inhalation of toxic chemicals and gases, tumors and severe blood loss due to a cut.

    Causes of Acquired Brain Injuries may include:
      • Disruption or blockage of flow of oxygen to the brain
      • Disruption or blockage of flow of blood to the brain
      • AIDS
      • Certain sexually transmitted viruses
      • Heart conditions such as a stroke or heart attack
      • Brain tumor
      • Strong electrical shock
      • Shaken Baby Syndrome
      • Traumatic injury to the neck that violently affects the skull

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is the result of some sort of direct or indirect blow to the head.

Many traumatic brain injury patients will experience initial symptoms of sensitivity to bright light, they may bleed from the nose and ears, experience slurred speech, have nausea that can lead to vomiting and experience partial body paralysis. In more extreme traumatic cases, the victim can also experience unconsciousness that could extend into a coma. It should be noted that acquired brain injuries can also lead to unconsciousness and coma if not treated inearly stages.

    Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries may include:
    • Auto accidents
    • Sports-related blows to the head
    • Falls that involve the head striking the ground
    • Blunt-force trauma to the head
    • Physical conflict such as a fight or an assault

All Brain injuries should be treated with the utmost urgency. If there has been trauma to the head, or if you or someone you know is experiencing unexplained headaches and the other symptoms of a brain injury, then seek emergency medical assistance immediately.

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