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Medical Information for Traumatic Brain Injury and Head Injury

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Symptoms of Brain Injury
Any brain function can be disrupted by brain trauma: excessive sleepiness, inattention, difficulty concentrating, impaired memory, faulty judgment, depression, irritability, emotional outbursts, disturbed sleep, diminished libido, difficulty switching between two tasks, and slowed thinking.
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Frontal Lobe Brain Injury
The frontal lobes provide the integration of all other brain functions into a seamless whole. They allow us to do higher level thinking, those things that are above the level of animal instinct. Planning, multitasking, risk assessment and the exquisite complexities of social interaction are all handled by the frontal lobes.
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Epidural and Subdural Hematoma
An epidural hematoma (EDH) is found in approximately 3% of patients suffering from TBI. Nine percent of those in a coma have EDH. EDH is a collection of blood which occurs below the skull but above the thick leathery cover of the brain itself known as the Dura. This area of the brain is basically fluid and is a shock absorber for the brain.
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Cranial Nerve Injury
The cranial nerves are nerves that run from the base of the brain into different parts of the head. They can commonly be involved in traumatic injury which also includes injury to the brain itself. Unlike injuries to nerves and other parts of the body, injuries to the cranial nerves can also involve alteration or destruction of some of our senses themselves.
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Pituitary Injury
One of the discoveries in the past twenty years has been that a larger percentage of persons who suffer a severe brain injury, also injure the part of their brain known as the "pituitary gland." It can also be injured in mild to moderate TBI's. Pituitary is a small part of the brain in the center, well guarded by bone. However, it hangs down and is approximately the size of the uvula in the back of your throat.
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Toxic Exposures - Brain Injury
There are nearly 1000 substances which have been identified as having, or possibly having, neurotoxic effects. Exposure to sufficient amounts of these chemicals, either in the work place or elsewhere, can cause neurological and brain problems. Likewise chronic exposure (long term, lower level exposure) can also have damaging effects.
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Electrical and Lightning Injury
High Voltage electric shock or lightning stroke can cause damage to the central nervous system, motor neurons, or peripheral nerves. Lesions can involve the brain or the spinal chord. If a lesion involves the spinal chord, myelomalacia can result without any change in the blood vessels, inflammation or gliosis.
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Brain Injury in Children
Unfortunately, head injuries are very common with children, accounting for approximately one hundred thousand hospitalizations annually. Modes of injury include motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and child abuse. Certain aspects of brain injury are unique to children. For example, it is more difficult to determine the measure the loss of brain function in a child.
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The Anatomy of the Brain
The easiest way to understand brain anatomy is to view it as it developed. The earliest animals needed a simple brain - a brain stem - to control things like breathing, blood pressure, temperature regulation, consciousness, eye movements, facial sensation, facial movement, hearing, swallowing, and movement of the trunk (e.g., a fish).
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Brain Injury and Neurological Disease
Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Other Topics

Can an accident worsen a preexisting neurological disease?
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Multiple Sclerosis Aggravation by Stress and Trauma
The relationship between acute stress and aggravation of quiet or asymptomatic MS is well established by medical literature especially that which has come out since the year 2000.
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Recovery & Rehabilitation Information for Traumatic Brain Injury and Head Injury

Brain Injury Recovery & Rehabilitation
The pace and extent of recovery from brain injury can vary considerably, even between patients with similar injuries.
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Severity Levels
The current system of assigning levels of severity to traumatic brain injury (TBI) is both ineffective and harmful.
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Understanding Brain Injury Diagnostic Tests
A wide variety of complicated testings can be done to help determine if brain injury may have occurred.
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Brain Injury - Coma: Some Facts
Information and facts about coma resulting from a brain injury or head injury.
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Post Traumatic Seizures
10 Things You Should Know About Post Traumatic Seizures ("PTS") (Epilepsy)
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Intracranial Pressure (ICP)
Intracranial Pressure (ICP) is a very important way of monitoring the health and outcome of the brain after injury.
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Brain Injury and Neuropsychiatric Problems
There is substantial psychological and neuro-behavioral evidence available to support the fact that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a risk factor for subsequent psychiatric disorders.
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Traumatic Brain Injury and Sleep Disorders
One of the very significant problems arising from TBI is that the biological rhythm of sleep is disrupted.
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Tinnitus
A common result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is ringing in the ears, also known as Tinnitus.
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Vision Symptoms and Brain Injury
Blurred vision is a very common symptom of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other difficulties are less simple. The vision can change in very strange ways after a brain injury.
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Dizziness and Balance Issues
A very common symptom following TBI is that of a feeling of dizziness or problems with balance.
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Important Information for Traumatic Brain Injury and Head Injury

Latest Medical Research
The latest medical research for traumatic brain injury includes Quantative Magentic Resonance, Cellular Damage, Tinnitus Imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Spectrocopy.
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The New Trusths about TBI
Over the course of the last twenty years, many previously accepted schools of thought with regard to the study of traumatic brain injury ("TBI") have been proven false or substantially revised.
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10 Things You Need to Know About Brain Injury Litigation
Unless there is objective evidence of brain injury on MRI or CT Scan, the insurance companies assume the individual is faking their injuries or the person has psychological problems that pre-existed the accident.
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Brain Injury and Hospitals
Things You Must Know While in the Hospital for tramatic brain Injury (TBI)
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Cognitive Reserve and Early Dementia
The term "cognitive reserve" has been around for approximately twenty years. Only more recently, however, has it become a concept that can be useful to the TBI litigator.
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Brain Injury - Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are disabled and unable to maintain steady employment, the Social Security Administration offers benefits designed to ensure disabled people have an income to maintain their livelihood.
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What You Should Know About Medical Bills
Let's face it, your injured, your hurting, your confused, the last thing you need to do is go to your mailbox and find a stack of medical bills with confusing codes, tricky terminology and lots of dollars signs.
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Traumatic Brain Injury In The Aging Population
By the year 2030 twenty-percent of the population will be 65 years of age or older. Individuals 85 years and older represent the fastest growing segment of the United States population. As a result, litigators must pay attention to this growing segment of client.
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The Hidden Injury of TBI: Negative Neuroplasticity
Brain research in the last forty-years has culminated in earth shaking changes as to how we understand and describe the brain and brain injury.
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Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI): An Exciting New Litigation Tool
DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) is an imaging method that grew out of and is part of MRI. The procedure was invented approximately 20 years ago, and many areas of the country are just beginning to see DTI available.
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