Brain Injury Types

What is the difference between the various types of brain injuries? Is one more severe than the other? Is there a better likelihood of recovery with a closed head injury versus an open head injury? 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be described in a variety of ways. Anoxic brain injury, open head injury, closed head injury, frontal lobe damage and diffuse axonal brain injury just to name a few. There are many different questions about each type of brain trauma. However, the most common question is “what is the most serious type of TBI?”

Just like a medical condition for a pregnant woman can be more serious than for a woman who is not pregnant, the seriousness of a brain injury cannot be measured by the classification of the injury. Several factors are involved in understanding the injury such as age, gender and possible complications due to pre-existing conditions. Many times the brain injury has a risk of leading to further complications that can result in an eventual death or further disability. Understanding the classification of the brain injury is just the first step in discovering the seriousness and likelihood of recovery.