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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

TBI in the U.S.

An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually. Of them:

  • 52,000 die,
  • 275,000 are hospitalized, and
  • 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department.

TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.

TBI by Age

Children aged 0 to 4 years, older adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.

Almost half a million (473,947) emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.

Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.

TBI by Sex

In every age group, TBI rates are higher for males than for females.

Males aged 0 to 4 years have the highest rates of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths combined.

TBI by External Causes

Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.

Falls result in the greatest number of TBI-related emergency department visits (523,043) and hospitalizations (62,334).

Motor vehicle–traffic injury is the leading cause of TBI-related death. Rates are highest for adults aged 20 to 24 years.

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Julie Papievis

When a teenager runs a red light and crushes Julie’s little sports car, it leaves her close to death, with a traumatic brain stem injury. She has at best a 4% chance of survival, let alone recovery. After a month she wakes – to find herself paralyzed. An athlete, she finds the helplessness almost unbearable.

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