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Head Trauma, Blunt

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Blunt trauma to head resulting in a variety of injuries ranging from closed head injury to death


Blunt trauma to head may cause several types of closed head injuries:
  • Concussion: Transient (LOC) or amnesia with normal head CT
  • Subdural hematoma: Tearing of subdural bridging veins and bleeding into the subdural space
  • Epidural hematoma: Dural arterial injury, especially the middle meningeal artery often associated with a skull fracture:
    • Classically, transient LOC followed by a lucid interval, then rapid demise
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage: Bleeding into the subarachnoid space following trauma
  • Cerebral contusion: Focal injuries to the brain characterized as coup (beneath area of impact) or contrecoup (area remote from impact)
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage: Mass intracranial lesion with bleeding into the brain parenchyma
  • Diffuse axonal injury: Microscopic injuries scattered throughout the brain in a patient in deep coma

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Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Head Trauma, Blunt." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307283/all/Head_Trauma__Blunt.
Head Trauma, Blunt. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307283/all/Head_Trauma__Blunt. Accessed April 24, 2019.
Head Trauma, Blunt. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307283/all/Head_Trauma__Blunt
Head Trauma, Blunt [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 24]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307283/all/Head_Trauma__Blunt.
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