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What are the causes of a head injury?

By definition, trauma is required to cause a head injury, but that trauma does not necessarily need to be violent. Falling down a few steps or falling into a hard object may be enough to cause damage. Motor vehicle crashes account for about 17% of traumatic brain injuries, while 35% are from falls. The majority of head injuries occur in males.

Penetrating head injuries describe those situations in which the injury occurs due to a projectile, for example a bullet, or when an object is impaled though the skull into the brain.

Closed head injuries refer to injuries in which no lacerations are present.

The brain may also be injured without a direct blow to the skull. The head sits on the neck allowing it to shake, causing the brain to slosh inside the skull and become injured.

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Comment from: moundmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

One year ago I fell and hit the back of my head on the ice. It didn't knock me out however I heard ringing and was disoriented for several minutes. The next morning I woke up with black eyes. I had no insurance so I didn't see a doctor. I'm still waking up with black under my eyes and have headaches twice a week. It is still tender to the touch where I landed. I was hoping that it would just go away.

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Comment from: Jack, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 27

While some work was being carried out at my home a workman dropped a cast iron drainpipe on my husband's head. He is waiting to see a neurologist next month but he's been left very off balance and can't walk more than a few steps without going off balance, plus he has a constant headache and nausea. This happened about 6 or 7 weeks ago, is it likely to be we hope it only temporary.

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