In the majority of cases, concussions are not fatal. However, if you experience a head injury, it is recommended that you see a doctor immediately. The symptoms of more serious brain injuries are often very similar to that of a concussion. A doctor can use a CT scan or MRI to determine that you are not suffering from a more severe brain bleed or condition.
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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Any blow or injury to the head should be taken as a serious matter. If the blow to the head is severe enough to cause a tear of a blood vessel under the skull, this can cause an accumulation of blood that will cause the brain to become displaced. This condition can be life threatening if the added pressure against the brain is not released. Any concussion which causes a loss of consciousness for an extended period of time can increase the risk of the brain swelling.
If a concussion has been severe or the patient does not rest enough, there is a risk that the symptoms may stay for months or become permanent. Patients can also develop epilepsy after a concussion, and this is most likely to occur when concussions occur repeatedly, such as in boxing.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
Concussions are very serious. We are learning more and more about concussions each year. We know that the younger a person is when they suffer a concussion, the more serious it can be -- the concussion takes longer to recover, can more easily recur, and can affect the development and function of the brain. It is critical that concussions be managed by an expert with experience and tools to treat and manage concussions.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.