My doctor says I have an acquired brain injury. What does that mean?

An acquired brain injury usually occurs after birth, and is not considered to be degenerative, congenital or hereditary. The impairments may be permanent or temporary and may cause partial disability, psychosocial maladjustment or functional disability.

The most common causes of acquired brain injuries may include but are not limited to:

  • Obstructed airway
  • Choking
  • Near drowning
  • Electric shock
  • Being hit by lightening
  • Chest crush injuries
  • Neck trauma
  • Head trauma
  • Impingement of an artery
  • Loss of blood
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Aneurysm

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