Brain in­jury not ‘head in­jury’

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In 1994 the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion adopted brain in­jury as “more de­scrip­tive of the ac­tual in­juries”. The term “ac­quired brain in­jury” is used by health pro­fes­sion­als to de­scribe any dam­age to the brain not present at birth but ex­clud­ing de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases such as de­men­tia.

Ac­quired brain in­jury in­cludes a range of trau­matic brain in­juries — caused by falls, work ac­ci­dents, mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, sports and recre­ational ac­ci­dents, as­saults, etc and what we could call med­i­cal brain in­juries (tu­mours, aneurysms, strokes, brain in­fec­tions).

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