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Traumatic brain injuries cause thousands of deaths and injuries each year

April 30, 2010
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control show that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to nearly one-third of injury-related deaths in the U.S. each year.

National data from 2002 to 2006 shows there were about 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations annually related to TBIs, and 1.4 million cases that were treated and released from a hospital emergency department.

Individuals most likely to sustain a TBI are children from birth to age 4, teens ages 15 to 19 and elderly adults over age 65. Falls account for about 35 percent of TBIs, with rates highest for children under age 4 and seniors age 75 and older. In all age groups, males suffer more TBIs than females.

Road traffic injuries are the second leading cause of TBI – about 17 percent of all cases – but they result in the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths, accounting for nearly 32 percent of cases.

CDC has a "Heads Up" educational initiative providing information to healthcare providers, schools, sports coaches and families to prevent and recognize TBIs.

The neurorehabilitation program within the North Shore-LIJ Health System provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for those with disorders and injuries to the brain, including traumatic brain injuries.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19753690-ADNFCR
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