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  • Head injury after falling down from a standing height

  • Head injury after hitting a truck / car / lorry

  • My skull is has a sunken area where it was hit

  • The fall was from higher than 1 meter

  • HIt in the head

  • Injured head in a fall when getting up from a chair

  • Traumatic head injury caused by a car accident

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Head injury can be as mild as a bump, bruise (contusion), or cut on the head, or can be moderate to severe in nature due to a concussion, deep cut or open wound, fractured skull bone(s), or from internal bleeding and damage to the brain requiring emergency medical care.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Injury to head

Possible Causes

  • Concussion

    Concussion is a brain injury caused by a blunt blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body. the effects are usually temporary.

  • Brain edema

  • Diffuse axon injury

    Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blunt brain injury.

  • Perilymph fistula
  • Acute subdural hematoma

Related Serious Diseases

  • Chronic subdural hematoma

    This refers to blood collecting in the space between the brain and the brain's outer covering (dura). It is can be caused by even minor injury or bump to the head. Older adults and those on certain blood-thinning or and bleeding disorders are at higher risk.

  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Did you hit your head?

  • Did you fall from a height of more than one meter?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you feel off-balance, making it difficult for you to stand still?

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