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brain injury (acquired)
Acquired brain injury (ABI) occurs when a sudden, external, physical assault damages the brain. It is one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. ABI is a broad term that describes a vast array of injuries that occur to the brain.

Some brain injuries are mild, with symptoms disappearing over time with proper attention. Others are more severe and may result in permanent disability. The long-term or permanent results of brain injury may require post-injury and possibly life-long rehabilitation.


Causes may include:

  • motor vehicle accidents
  • violence
  • falls
  • shaking of a child

Treatment may include:


Types include:

  • focal (confined to one area of the brain)
  • diffuse (occurs in more than one area of the brain)

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