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A traumatic brain injury is a type of brain injury caused by a trauma. A traumatic brain injury may occur after your head strikes an object, or when an object goes through your skull and damages your brain. Many traumatic brain injuries occur during motor vehicle accidents. Falls, firearms, and assaults are other major causes.
A concussion is a minor form of traumatic brain injury. Most cases of traumatic brain injury that occur each year are mild. Unfortunately, these injuries can also be severe. Severe brain injuries require emergency care. People with severe injuries may require a lengthy recovery period, and their symptoms can linger for a long time.
After a traumatic brain injury, nerve cells (neurons) in the brain may be damaged. As a result, the neurons may have trouble doing their job of carrying signals to different parts of the brain. If you have a traumatic brain injury, you could have trouble thinking or moving as you normally do. Your brain may also have trouble keeping your body working properly.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.