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How do diffuse and focal brain injuries differ?

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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Do diffuse brain injuries affect females and males differently?
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Diffuse brain injuries affect males and females differently in their frequency rate. The traumatic b...
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How do diffuse brain injuries affect other illnesses?
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What is the most severe type of diffuse brain injury?
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How can brain swelling contribute to diffuse brain injury?
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