Practice Level: Advanced
Head trauma involves any trauma to the scalp, skull or brain and may include an alteration in consciousness, even if it is brief. Patients who experience head trauma will have a range of symptoms depending on the type of injury, the force, the location and the severity of the injury. In some patients, the injury will be mild and resolve over a short period of time. However, in other patients, the trauma will produce severe injuries that will have long-term effects. After reviewing the anatomy and physiology of the brain, a variety of brain injuries are discussed.
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- Explain the etiology of head trauma
- Discuss the impact of bleeding in head injuries
- Describe the different types of coma
- Define acquired brain injury
- The Head
- Cranial Vault
- Hematomas of the Head
- Diffuse Axonal Injury
- Neurological Deficits
- Changes in Pupil Shape and Size
- Stiff Neck
- Severe Headache
- Physical Deficits
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Loss of Consciousness
- Vegetative State
- Minimally Conscious State
- Locked-In Syndrome
- Brain Death
- Coup and Contrecoup Effect
Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Jassin M. Jouria is a medical doctor, professor of academic medicine, and medical author. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and has completed his clinical clerkship training in various teaching hospitals throughout New York, including King’s County Hospital Center and Brookdale Medical Center, among others. Dr. Jouria has served as a test prep tutor and instructor for Kaplan. He has developed several medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions. Dr. Jouria has also served on multiple levels in the academic field including faculty member and Department Chair. Dr. Jouria continues to serves as a Subject Matter Expert for several continuing education organizations covering multiple basic medical sciences.
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