The severity of Chicago Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Moderate, Severe, and Mild
It is important to understand that the severity of a traumatic brain injury can change, however, brain injuries may be mild, moderate and severe. For example, a Brain Herniation can occur from rising intracranial pressure. This pressure can cause the patient's level of consciousness to deteriorate.
Consequences of Brain Injuries
1. Common Consequences of Moderate Brain Injuries Include:
Moderate brain injury is often defined as when there may be a loss of consciousness for less than 24-hours and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS score) of 9 to 12.
An abnormal CT-scan may show :
Blood collects between the dura, which is the skull's outer shell, and the inner table of the skull
A bruise may be found under or opposite from the side of the impact
Can cause brain swelling
May cause neurological dysfunction
A craniotomy is the temporary surgical removal of bone flap until patient can undergo brain surgery.
A brain herniation is due to increased intracranial pressure.
This build up of pressure can cause the patient's level of consciousness to deteriorate.
Compressed Basal Cisterns
Fracture to skull occured from a large amount of force to the head
Skull fracture symptoms may include bleeding and bruising
middle ear bleeding or back of ear bruised
dark circles around the eyes.
2. Common Consequences of a Severe TBI May Include:
Severe IL traumatic injury to the head causes a change in consciousness:
Severe brain injury is defined as a brain injury resulting in a loss of consciousness of greater than 6 hours & a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3 to 8. The following are three types of Loss of Consciousness include:
Person is complete unconsciousness and unable to wake or arouse. Therefore, an individual in a coma cannot follow instructions or communicate.
Minimal conscious state
May follows simple instructions
Can communicate yes or no by talking or gesturing a few understandable words or phrases
Possible respond to people, things, events by: tears, smile, laugh, sounds , gestures, reaching for something, and attempting to old or use an something.
Cannot follow instructions
Unable to communicate with words
No intentional movement
Can open and close eye (Sleep-wake cycle)
May make sounds
May show facial expressions for no particular reason
Can react to a loud sound if startles
3. Effects of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Concussion
Mild TBI is defined as is a non-penetrating force to the head. The most common symptoms of a concussion are:
Sensitive to light
second-most common symptom after a concussion or TBI
usually begins 1-week after concussion and lasts for 2-3 weeks
Vertigo can occur by doing certain head movements. You may have ringing in the ears with vertigo.
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