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What are the complications of diffuse brain injuries?

Many different complications can arise from diffuse brain injuries, some of which are caused by the initial head trauma that caused the diffuse brain injury. If a skull fracture occurred during the injury, the membranes around the brain can tear, and infections may develop. Nerve damage - specifically affecting the facial nerves - may occur. Seizures are another possible complication. People are most at risk for seizures during the first week after the injury. In many cases of diffuse brain injury, people enter a coma. A coma can lead to a persistent vegetative state. Death may also result. For those who survive and have regained consciousness, complications may include a host of cognitive, linguistic, sensory, and behavioral difficulties.

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