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Understanding the Differences of Closed and Open Head Brain Injuries

By Alpert Schreyer on October 5, 2012

Head InjurySuffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a victim severe problems for years, and possibly even for the rest of his or her life. While there are some forms of mild TBIs that have no lingering effects after proper treatment and healing, some may be so severe that if they do not kill the victim, they leave their physical, emotional, and mental capabilities significantly impaired.

TBIs are separated into two categories: open head and closed head injuries. But what are the differences?

Open Head Injury

Open head injuries occur when an object pierces the skull and impacts the brain. Often, the dangerous object does not even have to contact the brain, but rather cause fragments of broken skull to impact the brain instead. Of the worst case scenarios, an object can completely travel through the brain, such as a metal rod or bullet. These injuries are especially dangerous as they completely destroy whatever tissue it affects and whatever brain functions are associated with that area, and can also cause massive bleeding that leads to further complications.

Closed Head Injury

The skull is never penetrated in a closed head injury; rather, blunt force causes the brain to impact the inside of the skull. This can occur multiple times in only a matter of moments depending on the type of accident. The impact can damage brain cells and lead to complications such as bruising and pressure on the brain, which may cause further damage. Depending on the location of the injury, many different types of side effects may be felt.

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