The term BRAIN INJURY refers to an injury to the BRAIN which is usually the result of an accident, or sometimes an assault. Often the injury results from a blow to the head such as may be suffered in a car accident, a fall or a gunshot wound. The injury may also occur as a result of lack of oxygen (such as in drowning), or as a result of lack of blood supply to the brain (such as following a cardiac arrest). People with multiple injuries (as in serious car accidents) often suffer brain injury by more than one of these mechanisms. The term BRAIN INJURY is preferable to the term BRAIN DAMAGE because the brain has tremendous powers of recovery.
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