Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury


DR. RODGERS: Traumatic Brain Injury is a leading
cause of death and disability in children and young adults in the United States. Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of
the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH. My colleague, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director
of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains. DR. KOROSHETZ: Yes, Traumatic Brain Injury results
from a blow or jolt to the head that causes changes within the brain. This type of injury can happen after a fall,
a motor vehicle accident, or even a sports related concussion. Symptoms can be mild to severe depending on
the extent of the damage to the structure and function of the brain. Post concussive symptoms can include headache,
confusion and blurred vision, along with sensitivity to light, problems concentrating, or nausea
and vomiting. Most traumatic brain injuries are mild and
short lasting, but anyone with ongoing symptoms should seek medical attention right away. DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov.

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