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Concussions - Traumatic Brain Injury by Definition


Concussions are, by definition, traumatic brain injuries, meaning an external force either directly or indirectly has caused an actual injury to the brain. Any time the brain is injured, even those injuries classified as “mild” can be very serious and have long lasting effects. The Early diagnosis and subsequent treatment of concussions is of vital importance.

Signs, Symptoms, and Effects of Concussions

A concussion is a trauma induced alteration in mental status and/or activity. Concussions may present differently between different patients. Any combination of the following symptoms may constitute concussive symptoms.

Early Symptoms (minutes and hours after the injury):

Headache

Dizziness or Vertigo

Lack of awareness of surroundings

Nausea or vomiting

Later Symptoms (days and weeks after the injury):

Persistent low-grade headache

Light-headedness

Poor attention and concentration

Memory dysfunction

Easily fatigued

Irritability and low frustration tolerance

Intolerance to bright lights or difficulty focusing vision

Intolerance of loud noises, sometimes ringing in the ears

Anxiety and/or depressed mood

Sleep disturbances

Post-Concussion Syndrome is defined by the CDC as consistent post concussive symptoms (as outlined above) lasting three-months or longer.



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