Secondary Complications


Lt Col Reynolds
There are many secondary complications that can result from a moderate to severe TBI. One type of complication is swelling of the brain, called edema, which can cause increased pressure within the skull.

Maj Hemstad
Other complications are related to the brain getting little or no oxygen. Hypotension, or low blood pressure, can be a serious problem that reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain tissues. Seizures and problems with the endocrine system, which controls hormones, can also disrupt brain function.