The diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury is made following a physical examination and diagnostic testing. During the examination, the physician obtains a detailed medical history of the patient and information about how the injury occurred.
Diagnostic tests may include:
- Blood tests
- Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Positron emission tomography (PET scan)
- Transcranial doppler
A neuropsychological assessment may be performed to evaluate cognitive function and impairment. The assessment may be used to aid in planning physical and occupational rehabilitation.
Treatment of a traumatic brain injury is individualized, depending on the nature and extent of the injury. The outlook for a patient depends in part on acting fast to obtain immediate emergency treatment. In the acute stage, the primary goal is to stabilize the patient and prevent further injury since little can be done the reverse the damage caused by the initial trauma. Rehabilitation is the main treatment for the chronic stage of recovery.
The goal of rehabilitation is to improve independent function at home and in the community, and to help the patient adapt to disabilities. Most rehabilitation centers utilize a multidisciplinary approach with a team of health professionals that specialize in traumatic brain injury. Physiatrists, who specialize in physical and rehabilitation medicine, typically are the primary treating physicians. The multidisciplinary team may include specialists from neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and cognitive therapy.
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