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Diffuse Anoxal Brain injury- Know the facts

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The family of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi have issued a statement confirming that he has been diagnosed as suffering with a Diffuse Axonal brain injury as a result of his crash during Sundays race.

Whilst a formal diagnosis can sometimes be very helpful for families in these circumstances it  will be the beginning of a difficult road ahead in terms of treatment and recovery.
Facts about axonal brain injury (DAI) –

  • DAI is one of the most common types of traumatic brain injury
  • It can occur in every degree of severity
  • The most common cause of DAI is a vehicle accident
  • It is a result of the brain moving back and forth in the skull caused by a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head
  • It can be difficult to detect through a CT scan
  • It is treated in the same way as any type of head injury
  • Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond suffered a DAI as a result of a vehicle accident in 2006


Read more from the family’s statement here