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How doctors detect traumatic brain injury

Posted on April 2, 2015 9:02 am under Personal Injury

A sudden, violent blow or jolt to the head could cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may result in the temporary or permanent dysfunction of brain cells. A TBI may cause a person’s physical, sensory, and cognitive functions to be impacted negatively. If left untreated, a TBI could ultimately lead to death.

As such, it is important to detect a TBI promptly to prevent life-threatening complications. After carefully evaluating your medical history and risk, your doctor may recommend one or more of these methods to diagnose a TBI:

  • Glasgow coma scale – A 15-point test that scales the severity of the head trauma. It measures how a person responds in different conditions and is divided into three features – eye opening, verbal response, and motor response
  • Imaging tests – Computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test may be used to check for any brain damage
  • Intracranial pressure monitor – Involves inserting a probe through the skull to measure any increase in intracranial pressure, which may indicate brain tissue swelling

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury can sometimes result from a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. To learn more about filing a legal claim after an injurious auto accident in Appleton, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.