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Concussion

Concussion in a brain injury caused by the head being hit or by the head being violently shaken or snapped back and forward when a person falls or when a person is involved in an car accident or other violent accident.

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The symptoms of concussion may include:

  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • loss of consciousness
  • nausea
  • vomiting


  • Immediately seek medical treatment if any of the following symptoms are seen following a head injury or body trauma due to a fall or accident.

  • convulsions or seizures
  • unconsciousness lasting longer than a minute or two
  • loss of consciousness
  • repeated vomiting
  • muscle weakness on either side
  • pupils are unequal or blurred vision
  • slurred speach


  • More About Concussion

    For more knowledge about concussion, including the risk factors and complications of concussions, tests that a doctor may recommend, how a concussion is treated and what drugs may be prescribed, and some tips and hints to prevent or minimize the risk of a head injury, follow the links below:

    WebMD
    WebMD has a good explanation of what a concussion is, what causes a concussion, and the symptoms of a concussion in young children.
    Mayo Clinic
    Mayo Clinic has some information about the complications of concussion about the risk of developing epilepsy within the first five years after the injury, the cumulative effects of multiple brain injuries, and second impact syndrome.
    eMedicineHealth
    Tips for treating mild concussion at home and also gives a 4-step plan if an athlete is suspected to have a concussion during a game.
    Exams and Treatments
    The New York Times Health Guide tells you what tests a doctor may order if he suspects more than a mild concussion, and discusses the treatment of concussion if medical care is needed and what you need to know about returning to your normal activities while recovering from concussion.
    Infant Concussion
    What to do if you suspect concussion in an infant or a child. If there is any doubt when dealing with an infant or child fall or injury, call a doctor or an ambulance.
    Sports Concussion
    A rather disturbing article showing brain scans of high school football and hockey players who were hit in the head during the normal course of play, even if the hits did not cause concussion, showed subtle injury to the brain.
    Head Trauma in Dogs
    Concussion in dogs is most often caused by motor vehicle accident, but can also be caused by being hit by bats or swings or being stepped on, falls, gunshot wounds or animal fights. Cats can also have concussion and causes are the same as for dogs.

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    Headache Clip Art Links

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