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TBI from an assault

Friend was assaulted and upon arriving at the ER was found to have both parenchymal and subarrachnoid hemorrhaging. He underwent a craniectomy and has been in the trauma ICU since. He was awake 12 hours after surgery despite being under sedation and was trying to communicate with us. He has only improved since. He is able to tell us where he is, the date, who we are, etc. He does not remember much about the event though.

A CT scan was done yesterday which showed ischemic tissue in the frontal lobe. The nurse said this damage can cause problems with inhibitions and personality. He said he may be more anxious and agitated in the future. He will be having an MRI today.

I'm just reaching out to see if anyone has experienced any similar injuries and, if so, what kind of long term damage or effects there were.

Thanks in advance.
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You have my sympathies. The general rule is that you can't make any guess about recovery until 90 days have elapsed. In some cases there are marked personality changes. In others there are not. Over the next few weeks give him plenty of TLC (tender loving care), and see what happens. The craniectomy is a rather simple procedure used in most emergency facilities in the United States to relieve pressure on the brain. The fact it has been performed has no bearing on the outcome. The fact this procedure was done in a timely fashion means a great deal. Be optimistic.
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