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What is a cerebral contusion?

A cerebral contusion (bruise on the brain) usually results when the head receives a severe blow. Because there is little extra space within the skull, the swelling from the contusion has nowhere to go and presses on the brain, interfering with normal function. Head-on auto collisions, physical assaults, and falls are frequent causes of cerebral contusions. This traumatic brain injury often necessitates a hospital admission.

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