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Head trauma

Any type of mild or traumatic injury to brain, skull, or scalp is termed as Head Trauma. It may be either closed or open. A closed injury doesn’t break the skull while an open, or penetrating, head injury breaks the skull and enters into brain.

Common Head Injuries

  • Concussions

  • Skull fractures

  • Scalp wounds

  • Hematoma

  • Hemorrhage

  • Edema

  • Sheer injury


Causes of Head Injury

Head injury most commonly occurs due to a blow to the head or due to shaking (especially in infants). The major causes of blow to the head include the following:

  • Accidents

  • Fall from height

  • Hit with an object

  • Hitting the ground

  • Physical assault

  • Sports injury

Symptoms of Head Injury

Common symptoms of head injury include:

  • Severe pain, swelling and bruising at the site of injury, under the eyes, or behind the ears

  • Bleeding near the location of the trauma, or around the eyes, ears, and nose

  • Stiffness of neck

  • Headache

  • Convulsions

  • Drowsiness & faintinghead injury symptoms

  • Confusion

  • Visual disturbances

  • Nausea and Vomiting

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizures

  • Restlessness & irritability

  • Drainage of clear or bloody fluid from ears or nose

  • Difficulties with balance

  • Changes in pupils

  • Temporary ringing in the ears

  • Serious disorientation

  • Memory loss

Diagnosis of Head Injury

In some cases, a doctor may be able to diagnose head injury on physical and neurological examination of the patient. But to diagnose the extent and exact nature of the injury, following diagnostic tests are performed:

  • X-rays

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs)

  • Computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)

Authored By Dr. Manish Vaish

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