Brain injury
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An acquired brain injury is an injury caused to the brain since birth and is a term used to describe damage to the brain resulting from a physical blow (traumatic injury), illness or infection.
 
Types of acquired brain injuries
An injury to the brain caused by a trauma to the head (head injury) is called a traumatic brain injury. This could be the result of a fall, an assault or road traffic accident.
 
An acquired brain injury could also be the result of a brain haemorrhage, tumour, a stroke, a brain infection or anoxia damage (where the brain is starved of oxygen).
 
Potential effects of acquired brain injuries
An acquired brain injury can potentially cause a huge range of physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural problems. These may not be apparent from casual examination but can have a severe impact on an individual's life. The good news is that these can be managed with appropriate support and treatment.
 
How can we help?
In Wigan and Leigh we offer an Acquired Brain Injury Service.
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