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Signs of a brain injury

Damage to the brain is one of the most serious injuries a person can face. Since the brain is so delicate and yet vital to the function of the entire body, trauma to it may result in life-long consequences. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors who operate on or near the brain make mistakes that may cause damage. Therefore, it is extremely important for patients in Iowa and their loved ones to recognize the signs of brain injury and report them immediately.

According to Healthline, there are several different types of head injuries. Probably the most common is concussion, which is the result of the brain knocking against the skull due to extreme shaking, a fall or a blow to the head. However, other injuries that may cause serious damage are internal bleeding, known as hemorrhaging, or clotting, known as hematoma. Several different types of injuries may lead to swelling of the brain, which is called edema. Patients who have suffered extreme brain trauma may also experience seizures.

The Mayo Clinic warns that brain injury can affect a person in many different areas. For example, it may alter the senses. A person who experiences a sudden change in sounds, tastes or sight after an injury or a doctor's work on the brain should seek help. Brain trauma may also have mental effects, such as anxiety or dramatic mood swings. Potentially the most obvious signs of trauma are the physical effects. A person may have extreme nausea, sleepiness or disorientation, and forgetfulness. Since some symptoms may not manifest themselves immediately, it is important to continue monitoring anyone who has experienced a serious head injury well after the accident or procedure takes place.

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