Indiana residents who suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may also deal with brain swelling in the immediate aftermath. This swelling could potentially cause further complications.
Mayo Clinic takes a look at what happens after a traumatic blow to the head. Bleeding in the brain is one problem, and swelling is another. While bleeding often garners more attention in the media, brain swelling can actually cause just as many problems.
Brain swelling is an issue because there is only so much space for the brain to expand. Once it hits the skull, it can go no further. However, that doesn’t mean the swelling will stop. Increased cranial pressure can lead to a slew of problems including but not limited to nerve damage, spinal cord damage, and brain damage. This is because the areas pressed against the skull can quickly become deprived of the oxygen-supplying blood it needs and cells may begin to die at a rapid rate. If brain swelling isn’t treated quickly, it can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.
In order to monitor your brain’s swelling and the pressure in your skull, doctors may insert an intracranial pressure monitor probe through the skull. This allows them to notice quickly if the brain swells to dangerous levels. Treatment of brain swelling can involve rather severe courses of action, such as cutting a portion of the skull away.
Due to the trauma that brain swelling can cause, you may want to consider seeking compensation in the aftermath of the incident. You can contact an attorney well-versed in brain injury to learn more about your options.