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    What you need to know about brain injuries

    Dr John Fuller is a leading neurosurgeon with Macquarie Neurosurgery. Dr Fuller has a subspecialty interest in surgical neuro-oncology with radiosurgery, is the Neurosurgical Director of the Gamma Knife Surgery Program, and maintains his expertise in complex spinal surgery including spinal oncology. He is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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  • 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

    What are the common causes of brain injury?
    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.

    What are the symptoms of brain injury?
    The particular location of the insult in the brain will determine the specific symptoms that the patient will present with such as weakness of an arm or leg, problems with speech, vision memory, cognition or personality.

    What treatments are available?
    Some of the conditions that have led to the injury may be reversible with surgery or other intervention. Unfortunately, a number of the conditions cannot be directly targeted but the treatment is aimed at providing the optimal conditions for the brain to recover such as in trauma.

    What can I do to help prevent brain injury?
    Given that trauma is a significant contributor to brain injury measures to minimise this such as road safety programs are important. The other conditions may present with a longer history of intermittent or progressive symptoms that should not be ignored as early intervention may prevent permanent injury.

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