Brain contusion

Brain contusion can be suspectedif a patient with brain injury is unconscious for several minutes or more and the duration of the memory gap is more than one hourif the patient has neurological deficit symptoms (hemiparesis, papillary asymmetry, aphasia), epileptic seizures or confusion. A CT scan is performed immediately on every unconscious patient (see ) and on emergency basis if brain contusion is suspected.The level of consciousness and the neurological condition of a patient with brain contusion are monitored in a hospital.A neurosurgeon is consulted concerning the treatment of brain contusion injuries.Patients with brain contusion and disturbance of consciousness are initially treated in an intensive care unit.