Sequelae/Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

The ongoing consequences of brain injury are known as "sequelae" in the professional literature. These sequelae can be categorized generally as follows:

Cognitive:Level of consciousness
  • Sensorium
  • Attention/Concentration
  • Short-term memory
  • Processing Speed (slowed thinking)
  • Executive function (planning, problem solving, abstract thinking, judgment, insight, abiity to multi-task or respond to
  • multiple stimuli)
  • Forgetfulness
Emotional:Mood swings/lability
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger/Irritability
  • Apathy
  • Temper Outbursts
Behavioral:Personality changes
  • Impulsivity
  • Disinhibition
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Decreased initiative
  • Impatience
  • Restlessness
  • Immaturity
Physical:Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Headache
  • Visual disturbances
  • Balance difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Spasticity
  • Diminished senses of smell or taste
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity
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