What causes diffuse axonal injuries?

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Diffuse axonal injuries are the result of violent trauma to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by car accidents, falls, objects hitting the head, or shaking (such as with shaken baby syndrome). When trauma to the head occurs, the brain can be jostled violently, knocking against the inside of the skull. This forceful contact between the brain and the inside of the skull causes a diffuse axonal injury.

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