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What is acquired brain injury (ABI)?

Acquired brain injury (ABI) occurs when a person experiences an injury to the brain and it leaves some damage. Sometimes an injury causes the brain to bleed. The amount of swelling and bleeding depends on how serious the injury is. ABI can involve any part of the brain.

The hospital team will get to work really quickly on a brain injury, but even with treatment, sometimes the brain doesn't fully heal. There still may be some damage. This can cause problems later on, like with walking or balance, and can also cause fatigue and anxiety. People with ABI might act up or have temper tantrums. Reading and learning might be difficult, or sometimes people find it hard to explain what they mean.

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