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Date:6/14/2009

h-risk groups. The very young, the very old, people on blood thinners and anyone who's intoxicated are at increased risk for brain injury and should be given special attention if an injury is suspected, Vukmir said.

Of course, there's no reason at all to maintain a wait-and-see attitude, he added.

"We encourage patients to present themselves if they have any questions about their head injury," Vukmir said. "Call a health care professional or present yourself for emergency care so we can ask the questions and sift through the information."

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on traumatic brain injury.



SOURCES: Gregory O'Shanick, M.D., national medical director, Brain Injury Association of America; Rade Vukmir, M.D., clinical professor, emergency medicine, University of Pittsburgh


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