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How brain trauma might occur

If a California resident has the misfortune to undergo severe trauma to their head, perhaps as part of an accident or incident beyond their control, then damage to the brain may result. This type of injury has the potential to destroy the sufferer’s quality of life. They can lose control over all or part of their body, their ability to function in society can be impaired and they may encounter any number of other symptoms. Research into this issue has revealed a possible reason as to how this injury takes place.

There is a phenomenon known as cavitation that occurs when bubbles form in a fluid. It is known to happen when a pressure wave travels through the fluid, reflecting differently in areas of different density. The reflections cause areas of lower pressure, and bubbles may form in those areas. When the bubbles that form are extremely small, the process is known as microcavitation.

Researchers into brain trauma believe that microcavitation might be the source of brain damage caused by sudden impact or repeated traumas to the head. The process of pressure waves moving through the tissues and fluids of the brain may cause tiny bubbles to form inside the structure, disrupting function and robbing key brain areas of the ability to function unhindered.

People who have suffered brain trauma could face severe economic losses. Their ability to earn a living may be impacted, medical bills can be exorbitant and the therapy required to regain some level of function might be very expensive as well. An attorney may be able to help a victim file a civil suit against any person or party responsible for the injury.

Source: Student Science, “Bubbles may underlie trauma’s brain injury,” Sid Perkins, Dec. 13, 2015

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