Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: What It Is & What You Should Know
Brain injuries are always serious, but it is important to understand the
difference between a classical traumatic brain injury and a mild traumatic
brain injury, or mTBI. Doctors consider the injury to be an mTBI if the
disorientation and loss of consciousness associated with it is less than
30 seconds in duration. It is important to realize that even though the
medical community classifies these types of injuries as "mild,"
they are still serious, warrant medical attention and can cause a number
of issues for those who suffer from them.
Some of the other names for mTBI include minor head trauma, minor head
concussions. This type of brain injury is the most common, and many times, people
and those around them do not even know they are suffering from an mTBI
at the time. Most of the time, the symptoms will go away within a few
hours or a few days. However, in approximately 15% of people who suffer
mTBI, the symptoms will last for a year, and even longer in some cases.
What are the most common symptoms of mTBI?
While these symptoms may not all be present in everyone who suffers from
this type of brain injury, they are the ones most commonly reported by
patients and include:
- Problems with vision
- Loss of memory
- Trouble sleeping
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Irritability and other emotional problems
- Trouble concentrating
Some of the other symptoms that some people might have, but that are not
quite as common, include:
- Loss of sense of smell
- Slowness in thinking
- Increased sensitivity to light and sounds
The problem with trying to determine whether someone has a sustained an
mTBI is that it is not always noticeable. Many times, people seem to be
moving, thinking, and speaking as they normally do. They appear fine on
the outside to those who observe them. However, they may not feel right
It's important for the injured party, as well as those around the person,
to be attentive to any changes that can present themselves after a head
injury and to seek expert medical attention when an injury of this nature
Diagnosis of a Brain Injury Can Be Difficult
Often, the symptoms of an mTBI will not appear right away. In some cases,
it can take several days or even several weeks before they appear and
present themselves in a noticeable way, making it difficult to diagnose.
Anyone who has had a head injury, whether it seemed serious at the time,
should make it a point to get in touch with a neurological expert for
an exam after the injury. It may also be a good idea for the patient,
as well as family members, to take note of any and all out-of-the-ordinary
behaviors or feelings after the incident. Looking for the little things
can help doctors to make the determination of whether the patient is suffering
from an mTBI or not.
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