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Head Injury

Alternate Names : Concussion, Injury to the Head, Closed Head Injury, Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury

Head Injury | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the injury?

Symptoms of a head injury may include one or several of the following:

  • change in the level of consciousness
  • bleeding from a wound at the site of the injury
  • a bump or bruising at the site of the injury
  • confusion
  • feeling dazed
  • seizures
  • fracture of the bone at the site of the injury
  • discharge from the nose, mouth, or ears, which may be clear or bloody
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • loss of consciousness
  • loss of memory for the event, also known as amnesia
  • behavior changes
  • difficulty paying attention
  • personality changes
  • restlessness
  • slurred speech
  • stiff neck
  • swelling around the eyes, or at the site of the injury
  • visual impairments, including blurred vision
  • vomiting
  • changes in the size of the pupils of the eyes, or in their response to light
  • sleep disorders, including insomnia
  • fatigue, or lethargy

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    Head Injury: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Head Injury: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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