n South African Medical Journal - Traumatic brain injury : the South African landscape : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In referring to injuries of the brain the term, 'traumatic brain injury' (TBI) is preferred over the use of the less specific and more generic 'head injury'. While a skull fracture may suggest the presence of an underlying TBI, the presence of neurological symptoms or the demonstration of intracranial pathology is needed to establish the diagnosis of TBI. TBI need not always be caused by direct trauma to the head.

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