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.
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