Head Injury Overview
What is a head injury?
A person with a head injury has damage to the face, scalp, or skull, caused by an injury. Head injuries can also include injuries to the brain. Head injury is the leading cause of death due to trauma. Common causes of head injuries include falls, automobile accidents, sports injuries, occupational injuries, and assaults.
What are the symptoms of a head injury?
Symptoms of a minor head injury include headache, scalp swelling, scalp laceration, scalp tenderness, dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, and fatigue. Symptoms of a serious head injury include repeated vomiting, severe headache, amnesia, confusion, lethargy, loss of consciousness, slurred speech, seizures, and difficulty walking.
How does the doctor treat a head injury?
Treatment for a minor head injury includes cold compresses, rest, medications for nausea, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for a serious head injury may require corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, and surgery.
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