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Music Injury? Head Banging May Lead to Brain Damage

It turns out that the rock band Quiet Riot was possibly on to something when they sang, “Bang your head! Medal’s gonna drive you mad!” While banging your head to your favorite hard rock artist may not drive you mad, according to recent reports, it can give you a traumatic brain injury. The US News and World Report is reporting that the head banging of a hard rock enthusiast led to a serious brain injury. The Motorhead fan arrived at a German hospital with complaints of increasingly painful headaches. At 50 years old, he reportedly had no medical history of head injury. He informed physicians that he was a regular head banger, who recently attended a concert with his son.

The doctor’s conducted a head scan, which reportedly revealed a blood clot inside of the brain. The initial treatment involved removing the blood clot and allowing the blood to drain. In the months following, the man’s headaches dissipated. During a follow-up visit, an additional scan showed a benign cyst. Doctors reportedly concluded that the cyst possibly increased his risk for brain injury and repeated head banging sealed the deal.

Brain Bleeds

The rock music lover in the article reportedly suffered from a condition called chronic subdural hematoma. The National Institute of Health (NIH) describes the condition as old blood and blood product collected within the outer layers of the brain. The condition begins when tiny blood vessels tear within the outer surfaces, usually resulting from some sort of trauma to the head. In the weeks following the initial bleed, the condition becomes chronic.

In the reported case, the continuous head banging may have been the underlying head injury, but this condition can result from various causes:

-Long term abuse of alcohol
-Long term use of aspirin, blood thinning or anti-inflammatory medicines
-Advanced aging
-Reduced blood clotting conditions

While there are often no symptoms, according to the NIH, there are some warning signs that should be considered:

-Memory loss
-Confusion
-Difficulty swallowing or talking
-Drowsiness
-Headache
-Seizures

These conditions are reportedly treated with medication, to control the symptoms and prevent further injury to the brain. In some cases, surgery is necessary, where a small hole is drilled into the skull in order to alleviate the built-up pressure.

The doctors in the article assert that rock-and-roll aficionados should not stop head banging for fear of brain injury, explaining that this was a rare and isolated incident. The incident was the subject of a study by Dr. Anyan Islamian. The doctor is quoted in the article as stating,”

“Even though there are only a few documented cases of subdural hematomas, the incidence may be higher because the symptoms of this type of brain injury are often clinically silent or cause only mild headache that resolves spontaneously.”

Brain injuries are serious matters with lasting physical, mental and financial effects for the injured party and the family. If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact injury attorneys to learn more about your legal rights.

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