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Understanding Brain Injuries

The brain is highly sensitive to environmental and physical influences. This is particularly true of physical injury caused by sudden force, referred to by medical professionals as “traumatic brain injury” (or “TBI”). The thick bones of the human skull and internal “cushioning” structures and fluids have evolved as protection. However, a blow to the head, or even  sudden movement like “whiplash” for example) can smash the brain into the skull. In the less serious cases, the resulting bruising causes headaches, nausea and other symptoms collectively referred to as a “concussion.”

However, to function properly, the brain also requires a large supply of oxygen, brought to it through the constant flow of blood. A TBI may break these tiny vessels, causing blood to leak out into the space between the brain and the skull. Blood that leaks from vessels damaged by a TBI, therefore, has nowhere to go, and pressure begins to build. Left untreated, this so-called “intracranial bleeding” pressure will eventually cause permanent brain damage.

If a person is deprived of oxygen for any reason (such as, for example, choking), his or her brain cells will begin to die after only a few minutes, and irreparable damage to brain function, and eventually death, will follow if oxygen flow isn’t promptly restored

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