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What are the types and levels of brain injuries?

Brain injuries are a very serious medical condition. Even very minor brain injuries require medical care and attention. It is difficult to assess injuries to the brain because they cannot be seen in most cases without using special equipment. In addition, some conditions do not produce symptoms that speak to the seriousness of the injury. In any case, if you have been diagnosed with a brain injury, it is important to understand what it means and how severe your injury is.

The Brain Injury Association reports brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Severe injuries are the worst and lead to unconsciousness. The period of being unconscious lasts for days or more. With this type of injury, you would be classified as being in a coma or vegetative state. You may also be categorized as being minimally responsive. Recovery is often guarded in these cases, and some people may never regain consciousness.

Moderate injuries also usually cause a loss of consciousness. However, it is usually for just a short period, which could be just minutes or a few hours. You do not have to lose consciousness, though. It may also be indicated through confusion or impairments of some type, whether mental or physical. The chances of recovery for a moderate injury are pretty good. Most people recover well and learn to overcome any lasting effects.

Mild injuries are those that cause temporary symptoms, such as nausea, headache, balance issues, irritability and trouble concentrating. The chances of recovery are very good and often fast. It is important, though, to not let the term "mild" confuse you because mild injuries can still cause severe problems. Anyone with any type of head injury should seek medical care immediately.

 

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