Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild head injury may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few minutes. It is important to seek immediate emergency treatment.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. An injury can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Other symptoms of a head injury include:
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- A change in sleep patterns
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
A person with a moderate to severe head injury may experience any of the above mentioned symptoms in addition to the following:
- A headache that gets worse or does not go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- An inability to awaken
- Dilation of pupils
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion and agitation
Learn More About Traumatic Brain Injuries at Chandler's Regional
Our emergency services department works closely with our neurologists to care for patients with traumatic brain injuries. For more information about our neurology services or to find a neurologist, please call (480) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and we would be happy to help you find a professional to fit your needs.