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PRACTICE PRIMERS
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 164-172

Managing traumatic brain injury secondary to explosions


1 National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
2 Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, USA
4 Department of Emergency Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, USA

Correspondence Address:
Marlena M Wald
Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.62120

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Explosions and bombings are the most common deliberate cause of disasters with large numbers of casualties. Despite this fact, disaster medical response training has traditionally focused on the management of injuries following natural disasters and terrorist attacks with biological, chemical, and nuclear agents. The following article is a clinical primer for physicians regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by explosions and bombings. The history, physics, and treatment of TBI are outlined.


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