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A diffuse axonal injury can lead to coma and lifelong challenges

Of the types of brain injuries that exist today, one of the most damaging is one caused by torsion. When the brain spins within the skull, there can be a great deal of ripping and tearing. This may lead to bleeding on the brain as well as direct damage to the brain.

A rotational injury may also be called a diffuse axonal injury (DIA). These happen when the skull is stopped violently or rotated suddenly, which results in the brain continuing on and twisting or tearing. When this happens, large areas of the brain may be impacted, leading to significant brain damage and hemorrhaging.

A diffuse axonal injury may be a closed injury. That means that any swelling or bleeding that does take place won't have anywhere to go. The brain will continue to swell and press against the skull, which has the potential to lead to even more damage.

What kind of outcome can those with diffuse axonal injuries expect?

To start with, you should know that a diffuse axonal injury tends to lead to a coma as a result of the significant damage to the brain. Though tests will be given, the damage may not be noticeable on a computed tomography scan or magnetic resonance scan. Why? The damage is often microscopic, and injuries can be widespread across the brain.

The kind of outcome a person can expect will depend on how serious their DAI is and the treatment that was made available. Quick treatment that stops the bleeding and reduces swelling may help individuals have better outcomes overall.

Regardless, those who have these injuries as a result of a car crash or other incident need to know that they could be impacted for life. Our website has more on what you can do to seek compensation if a DIA has a lasting impact on you or someone you love.

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