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    what are the main causes of brain injury?    

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    Gail Rogers

    Speech Pathologist

    Gail's passionate interest in working in the area of voice, communication & swallowing challenges developed after working as Speech and Language Pathologist with many different clientele in various ... View Profile

    the main causes of brain injury are motor vehicle accidents either people in cars or pedestrians / cyclists and the best source of information on this topic is www.synapse.com.au.

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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological ... View Profile

    Other common causes of brain injury include:

    • Stroke
    • Dementia
    • Hypoxia
    • Traumatic brain injury (car accidents, falls, assaults etc)
    • Brain tumours
    • Brain infections (e.g. encephalitis, meningitis)
    • Alcohol and other substances
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson's disease

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    Brain Injury Australia (BIA) represents all Australians with acquired brain injury (ABI) whatever the cause. BIA was formed at the first national community-based conference on ... View Profile

    The leading cause of acquired brain injury (ABI) is stroke - where the supply of blood to the brain is stopped by a clot or bleeding. It often results in physical disability as well as changes in a person's thinking and emotions. Around 60,000 new strokes occur every year - a number that's growing as Australia's population ages. Strokes normally occur in older age people, but around one in every five strokes happens to a person aged under 55.

    The next largest cause of ABI is an accident or trauma – known as traumatic brain injury, or “TBI”. Such an injury is a result of force applied to the head. Over 22,000 Australians were hospitalized as a result of a TBI in 2004-2005. Most of those traumatic brain injuries - over two in every five - were caused by a fall, nearly one in three was due to a motor vehicle accident and one in six was caused by an assault.

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    Dr John Fuller

    Neurosurgeon (Brain and Spine)

    Dr Fuller graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1987. He undertook neurosurgical training in Sydney at the Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s ... View Profile

    One of the most common causes of brain injury which we are likely to have heard of is the result of trauma, however, there are many other causes such as brain tumours both benign or malignant, abnormalities of brain blood vessels such as aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations or ischaemic stroke.

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