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What are the signs of a traumatic brain injury?

After suffering from a hit to the head, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. You could suffer from a brain injury without immediately noticing, especially if no one is around to tell if you are acting strange.

In particular, you need to be on the lookout for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries can have a potentially fatal impact if left untreated.

Physical signs of TBIs

Mayo Clinic discusses the classic symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. TBI symptoms often manifest in ways that catch a victim’s attention, especially compared to other forms of brain trauma. The symptoms are often prominent and long-lasting. Some also appear almost immediately after the injury itself, allowing for quick identification of the issue.

TBI symptoms can come in physical, mental and behavioral form. Physically, victims often struggle to stay awake or sleep. They may have uneven pupil dilation. In extreme cases, clear fluid may leak from the nose or ears. Victims may experience extreme dizziness and head pain. Many also go through nausea and may vomit repeatedly. They can also experience numbness or tingling in the hands and feet.

Mental and behavioral signs

Mentally, confusion is one of the most prominent symptoms. TBI victims often have no idea where they are or what happened. It is also possible for victims to pass out entirely, fall into a coma or experience other disorders of consciousness.

Behaviorally, a TBI victim might seem more aggressive and erratic. They could snap at the people trying to help them. Combative behavior is normal. Any of these could point to a TBI, and multiple symptoms almost certainly indicate that. If this happens, you must immediately go to the hospital to prevent further issue.

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