What is a closed head injury versus an open head injury?

xrayWhen a person suffers an open head injury, the skull is compromised in some way, often by being fractured. When a person suffers a closed head injury, there is no fracture of the skull. Most people, including doctors, believe that an open head injury is more severe than a closed head injury. This is incorrect. With closed head injuries, the result can be worse than with open head injuries since with closed head injuries, there is no place for the pressure from the fluids that build up after the brain is damaged to go but to press down upon the brain itself further damaging other areas of the brain. With open head injuries, the built up fluid escapes the skull and therefore does not press upon the brain causing further damage.

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