Penetrating Brain Injuries
Penetrating head injuries are one of the two major types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries happen when a foreign object breaks through the skull and tears into the brain. The other type of TBI is a closed-head injury, in which a blow or jolt causes the brain to move violently inside the skull.
The harm caused by a penetrating head injury depends on the depth and the location of the wound – and the specific area of the brain that is damaged.
A serious penetrating head wound can be instantly fatal or cause long-term complications that lead to varying levels of disability.