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What Are the Signs of Brain Bruising?

Brain bruising, or a contusion, manifests through symptoms like confusion, slurred speech, headaches, and possible loss of consciousness. Visual cues include swelling or discoloration. Severe cases might involve seizures or uneven pupil dilation. Each sign is a crucial indicator of the brain's distress. Wondering how these symptoms progress or what treatments are available? Continue with us to uncover the answers.
Steven Symes
Steven Symes

Common signs of brain bruising are also associated with other head injuries, such as a concussion. These symptoms include a person losing consciousness after an impact to the head, dizziness, irritability, vomiting and slurred speech. The person might have problems performing a number of motor skills, including walking. Also, one eye’s pupil might be dilated larger than the other, the person might experience a seizure or have limited use of his limbs on one side of his body.

The signs of brain contusions alert individuals, including those close to a patient, of the possibility of a serious medical condition that has resulted from a high impact to a person’s head. A person might have a concussion as well as bruising, since both conditions result from the brain slamming against the inside of the patient’s skull. The only way to tell for sure that a person is suffering from brain bruising is to take him to a hospital or other health care facility.

A brain scan will reveal to a doctor whether or not there is brain bruising.
A brain scan will reveal to a doctor whether or not there is brain bruising.

Some symptoms are more specific to brain bruising and not other conditions resulting from an impact to a person’s head. The person might have bruises beginning to form around the eyes or ears as a result of the impact to the brain. Also, clear fluid coming out of the person’s nose, mouth or ears indicates the cover over the brain has ruptured along with the brain bruising, allowing the liquid to flow out of the head.

Bruises around the eyes can be a sign of brain bruising.
Bruises around the eyes can be a sign of brain bruising.

Children, especially those that cannot talk, might display different symptoms of brain bruising. Constant crying well after an impact to the child’s head, sudden changes in eating habits or changes in a child’s sleeping all can point to a brain contusion. A high level of irritability might also be caused by brain bruising. When a child is suffering from a brain contusion, he might also not be interested in toys that normally hold his attention, or in other activities he normally enjoys on a regular basis.

Without medical intervention, it's impossible to tell definitively whether a person has a bruised brain.
Without medical intervention, it's impossible to tell definitively whether a person has a bruised brain.

If a person has any of these symptoms after experiencing a blow to the head, he needs to seek immediate medical attention. Normally the patient is placed under close observation until doctors can run scans to determine if any brain bruising is present. A doctor might also order blood work, which can reveal important details about any potential injury to the patient’s brain. Unless treated by a qualified medical professional, brain contusions can be fatal.

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    • A brain scan will reveal to a doctor whether or not there is brain bruising.
      By: Katrina Brown
      A brain scan will reveal to a doctor whether or not there is brain bruising.
    • Bruises around the eyes can be a sign of brain bruising.
      By: Ded Pixto
      Bruises around the eyes can be a sign of brain bruising.
    • Without medical intervention, it's impossible to tell definitively whether a person has a bruised brain.
      By: WavebreakmediaMicro
      Without medical intervention, it's impossible to tell definitively whether a person has a bruised brain.