What Are The Long-term Complications of a Brain Injury?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports1 that an estimated 2.5 million individuals in the United States suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a single year. Many brain injuries are relatively minor concussions that require a period of rest, though most victims make a full recovery. However, some TBIs are extremely severe and leave victims with long-term symptoms and complications.
Severe TBIs can require immediate trauma care in order to stabilize the victim and control the brain swelling. Victims are often placed in a medically-induced coma to reduce brain function to keep the brain from swelling against the skull. If the injury is a penetrating brain injury—which means an object pierced the skull—surgery is often required. Such traumatic medical intervention is often only the beginning of the struggle for brain injury victims.
Some of the long-lasting symptoms of severe brain injuries include the following:
- Cognitive impairment – includes problems with processing information, communicating, memory, focus, and more.
- Sensory issues – diminished capability to taste, smell, hear, see, and feel sensation on the skin.
- Physical functioning – often experience troubling with balance and coordination, often having to relearn basic motor skills and activities such as walking or brushing teeth.
- Emotional effects – patients often experience depression, agitation, unexplained outbursts, irritability, and have difficulty expressing the appropriate emotion for a particular situation.
According to the CDC,2 nearly half of TBI victims who require hospitalization due to the severity of their injury have a disability from the injury over a year later. Such disabilities may keep a victim from working or even living independently ever again. Children who suffer severe TBIs often require numerous accommodations at school, if they are able to return to school again. Improvement in a victim’s condition is often the result of an aggressive and grueling rehabilitation program, which can be costly and time-consuming.
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