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Head injuries can be internal (affecting the brain or skull) or external (involving the scalp). They can also be open (indicating the skull is broken) or closed (meaning the skull remains intact). Examples of head injuries include scalp wounds, brain hemorrhage, skull fractures, and concussion. A doctor should evaluate most head injuries.
Use InQuicker, the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, to select your estimated arrival time at the emergency room for head injury in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Trauma is the cause of head injuries. Examples include assault, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and accidents during sports, work, or other activities.
Symptoms of head injury depend on the specific injury. For scalp wounds, the main symptom is bleeding. Because it is very rich in blood vessels that are close to the skin, the scalp can bleed profusely. Swelling can also occur. It usually appears as a knot on the scalp.
The symptoms of internal head injuries are not always obvious right away. It’s hard to know how serious a head injury is without medical evaluation. Symptoms of an internal head injury can include:
Call 911 and seek emergency medical care for the following symptoms:
Minor injuries, such as superficial scalp wounds, usually heal without medical attention. For severe head injuries, call 911 and remember:
You can help prevent head injuries by always wearing a properly sized helmet during sports and other recreational activities and wearing your seatbelt.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers emergency services for head injury in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.