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Neurosurgery and Acquired Brain Injury

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Injuries of the nervous system are particularly frightening to clients and families because of the many unknowns that still revolve around nervous system function, and because of the potential for resulting life-long disabilities or functional deficits. Recovery from brain injury is best achieved with the full participation of the patient and/or his or her family. To this end, each patient and involved family member needs to have an understanding of basic brain anatomy, physiology and pathology, as well as recuperative abilities, expressed as clearly as possible in understandable language. Because the organization of the brain is extremely complex and since an understanding of the brain and types of possible injuries is not part of our elementary, high-school, or even college education, teaching the patient and family is an ongoing process throughout treatment and rehabilitation. It behooves the neurosurgeon to provide as much of that education as possible during the acute care period of time, and to prepare the patient and family for the rehabilitation process during which the therapists will continue to provide education. The latter phase should also include preparation for re-integration into the community or for long-term care.

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  • Brain Injury
  • Intracranial Pressure
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Severe Brain Injury

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DIMANCESCU, M.D. (2007). Neurosurgery and Acquired Brain Injury. In: Elbaum, J., Benson, D.M. (eds) Acquired Brain Injury. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-37575-5_2

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