Sustaining a traumatic brain issue is a complex happening, and as such there are a host of complications that go along with this type of injury. Complications may present themselves immediately following the injury, or they may present themselves weeks, or even months, following the injury. It’s important to see a doctor for any complication related to traumatic brain injury, as soon as it arises. Waiting to seek medical care can negatively affect the long-term prognosis.

Types of Complications

Some of the complications that occur with traumatic brain injury include:

• Seizures
• Coma
• Hypoxia
• Infections
• Nerve damage
• Cognitive disabilities
• Sensory problems
• Difficulty swallowing
• Language difficulties
• Personality changes
• Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease
• Epilepsy and TBI
• Balance problems
• Behavior problems
• Concussions

Treatment of Brain Injury Complications

Treatment varies depending upon the complication. Prescription drugs, physical therapy, counseling, and cognitive therapy are all potential treatments for traumatic brain injury complications. In most cases the doctor will take all complications into account before designing a treatment plan that will include all or some of the above treatments.