Traumatic Brain Injuries
Closed Head Injury
A closed head injury is an injury to the brain inside an intact skull. Injury to the brain causes swelling, which quickly increases the pressure within the skull (intracranial pressure). Closed head injury comes from a blunt object (including the ground) striking the head.
Do victims of head injury have to stay awake?
Bystanders and lay rescuers at accidents are greatly concerned with keeping victims awake after an accident. They're worried the victim may have a concussion. The belief is that if allowed to fall asleep, the victim will die. Is it necessary to keep victims of head injury from slipping into unconsciousness?
What is Talk and Die Syndrome?
I must confess: before the skiing accident that killed Natasha Richardson, I'd never heard the term "Talk and Die Syndrome." As soon as I read it, I knew it referred to an epidural hematoma. In the days following Richardson's death, I was asked several times: what exactly is talk and die syndrome?
Readers Share Head Injury Symptoms
Head injury symptoms can vary from victim to victim. About.com First Aid readers share their head injury symptoms.
Concussions vs Traumatic Brain Injuries
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries - Are Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries the Same Thing
Learn how to treat concussions and how to recognize more severe traumatic brain injuries on the sidelines.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury - Definition of Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several types of traumatic brain injury, but they all fall into just two basic categories: closed or penetrating.