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What is polytrauma with TBI?

Polytrauma is a common term, particularly among military doctors who treat soldiers from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. Polytrauma refers to more than one severe or life-threatening injury. Each injury needs urgent care, which sometimes may hinder recovery from traumatic brain injury. For instance, if you were injured in an explosion or blast, you may have complications such as heart and lung dysfunction and deep vein thrombosis or the formation of blood clots in the veins. Fractures, soft tissue injuries, and limb loss are common with polytrauma. Each one of these injuries and conditions needs immediate attention to avoid further complications. A surgeon heads the multidisciplinary, polytrauma team and determines the order of therapeutic and surgical operations that will take place to save the person’s life.

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