Penetrating Brain Injury
This type of traumatic injury occurs when an object penetrates the skull and damages the brain. One part of the brain may be damaged. Damage can also occur to a larger area of the brain. This is a serious, life-threatening injury. It requires emergency medical care.
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Penetrating brain injuries may be caused by any object or external force, such as:
- Fall (could cause a piece of the skull to break off and penetrate the brain)
- Motor vehicle accident
- Gunshot wound to the head
- Stab wound to the head
- Sports-related injury
- Abuse (being struck on the head with an object)
Last reviewedJune 2013by Igor Puzanov, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.