Signs of traumatic brain injury

Missouri drivers who get into accidents may find themselves facing severe injury. Brain injuries are particularly dangerous. Because of that, post-accident care should be given as quickly as possible.

According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of traumatic brain injury differ from signs of mild concussive damage. While there can be shared symptoms, moderate or severe damage often comes with its own set of much more prominent symptoms. Physical symptoms can include:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Toe and finger numbness or weakness
  • Clear fluids that drain from ears or nose
  • Pupil dilation
  • Seizures or convulsions

More common symptoms include nausea or vomiting that last for a longer period of time than it would with a mild head injury. Additionally, any loss of consciousness usually lasts from several minutes to hours. People with traumatic injury may also find it difficult or even impossible to wake up after falling asleep. This is why it can be important for someone else to keep an eye on a person with a suspected severe head injury.

The American Speech Language Hearing Association states that mental changes can also accompany traumatic brain injury. Along those lines, severe injury manifests in behavior that differs from what’s “normal”, increased combativeness or agitation, and slurred speech. Extreme confusion may also occur. In some cases, the person may enter a comatose state or experience other disorders associated with losing consciousness.

Fortunately, the severe symptoms present can make traumatic injury easier to identify. In quickly identifying the issue, treatment can be administered in a timely fashion.

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