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What causes a cerebral contusion?

Cerebral contusion (bruising on the brain) results when there is a severe blow to an individual's head. The injury can happen when an individual is in motion (such as riding in a car or a fall) and is forced to suddenly stop by hitting an immovable object. The brain continues to move and hits the hard bone of the skull. Cerebral contusions can also happen when an individual is assaulted with a blow to the head, and the head experiences sudden acceleration. The bruising caused by this head injury presses on the brain and affects normal brain function.

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