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The serious complications of a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to a variety of serious complications, all of which can change a person's life forever. Unfortunately, in the most severe of situations, a person who suffers this type of injury could pass on.

Here are some of the most serious complications of a TBI:

-- Altered consciousness. From a coma to a vegetative state, altered consciousness could come into play following a TBI.

-- Seizures. A serious side effect of TBI, this typically happens within the first week of the accident.

-- Fluid build up. It's possible that fluid could build up in the brain, thus calling for surgery or some other type of procedure to provide relief.

-- Nerve damage. This can lead to a variety of health problems, such as loss of vision, facial paralysis and loss of facial sensation.

-- Cognitive problems. This includes but is not limited to speed of mental processing, learning, memory and reasoning.

-- Communication problems. Following a TBI, a person may struggle to communicate with others in an effective manner.

-- Behavioral changes. This can include everything from risky behavior to mood swings to physical or verbal outbursts.

These are just some of the more serious complications of a traumatic brain injury. If a loved one suffers this type of injury, it may be up to you to ensure that he or she receives the right treatment. Also, you may want to learn more about the accident that caused the injury, as this could lead you to seek compensation from the negligent party.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Complications," accessed June 26, 2017

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