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- mild, moderate, or severe damage
- consciousness or unconsciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness
- blurred vision
- ringing in the ears
- behavioral or mood changes
- trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
- vomiting or nausea
- convulsions or seizures
- inability to waken from sleeping
- dilation of one or both pupils
- slurred speech
- weakness or numbness in arms and legs
- loss of coordination
- increasing confusion or agitation
What is the treatment for TBI? Anyone exhibiting the symptoms of any form of mild, moderate, or severe TBI should see a doctor immediately. Medical personnel will try to prevent the brain damage from getting worse with immediate stabilization treatment. Treatment methods include:
- maintaining adequate blood flow
- maintaining proper oxygen supply to the brain and body
- controlling blood pressure
- using imaging tests to determine if it is mild, moderate, or severe damage
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- speech/language therapy
- psysiatry (physical medicine)
- social support
What are some possible disabilities that occur?
- Disabilities depend on severity of trauma, age and health of patient
- cognition—thinking, memory, reasoning
- sensory abilities like sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste
- communication—expressing thoughts and understanding
- behavior or mental health issues like depression or inappropriate actions
- stupor (temporary)
- vegetative state or coma
What is the future for TBI patients?
- About half of severe cases of TBI will need surgery to remove or repair ruptured blood vessels or bruised brain tissue.
- Researchers at NINDS are conducting clinical tests to determine new strategies and interventions to limit brain damage and better provide long-term recovery of patients.
For more information, contact https://www.ninds.nih.gov/research/tbi/index.htm.