How do diffuse and focal brain injuries differ?

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Diffuse and focal are terms used to broadly differentiate between types of traumatic brain injuries. Whereas diffuse brain injuries - such as a diffuse axonal injury - affect the entire brain, focal brain injuries - such as a cerebral contusion - affect only a specific area. Another difference is that diffuse injuries typically cannot be observed through brain imaging techniques like MRIs and CT scans. Focal brain injuries, however, are observable through brain imaging.

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Diffuse Brain Injuries

Diffuse Brain Injuries

Diffuse brain injury is a type of traumatic brain injury is usually caused by falls and car accidents. These acceleration/deceleration injuries causes the brain to slide into the skull. The effect is usually widespread and the dam...

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