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Acquired brain injury

disability; brain; damage; trauma; acquired; injury; head; fall; meningitis; encephalitis; epilepsy; handicap; traumatic; injuries ;

An acquired brain injury refers to any damage to the brain that occurs after birth.

Trauma to the head is the most common cause of acquired brain injury in children. Trauma means that an injury to the brain has been caused by a blow to the head, such as falling, motor vehicle accident, bicycle accident or being hit on the head, or by being shaken.

Other causes include near-drowning and brain tumours, and sometimes the treatment of a brain tumour. A stroke is the most common cause of acquired brain injury in adults.

Usually, in children these injuries heal with time and do not cause lasting problems. However, some injuries to the brain may alter a child's thinking and behaviour.

More information

On the website of the South Australian  Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Rehabilitation Department there is a page with a lot of links to very useful websites for information about acquired brain injury:

For example:

Resource for families in South Australia

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Rehabilitation Department
http://www.wch.sa.gov.au/services/az/divisions/pphealth/paedrehab/index.html

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department is responsible for the provision of intensive rehabilitation for children/adolescents with an acquired reduction in function due to trauma, illness or medical procedures.  The aim is to assist children/adolescents to achieve the highest level of independence, physically, socially and psychologically, in order to maximize their quality of life and their participation within their family and community.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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