Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These are particularly common in youth. This information is generally more useful for determining prognosis than for influencing treatment.
Sports injuries. The damage caused by depressed skull fractures depends upon the region of the brain in which they are located and also upon the possible coexistence of any associated diffuse brain injury. Because patients often have other injuries, pain medication is given to keep them comfortable.
Because of this, other classification systems such as the one shown in the table are also used to help determine severity. TBI can cause a wide range of changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions.
Of greater concern is the possibility that forces strong enough to cause a skull fracture may also have caused some damage to the underlying brain. What treatments are available?