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Alcohol related fatal brain injury causing multiple types of hemorrhagic lesions

Authors Rana MA, Khan O, Haq I

Received 16 August 2012

Accepted for publication 16 August 2012

Published 2 April 2012 Volume 2012:2 Pages 27—29


Mohammed A. Rana,1 Osama Khan,1 Iftikharul Haq2

1Parkinson’s Clinic of Eastern Toronto, Toronto; 2Dept. of Neurosurgery, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Abstract: Traumatic brain injury may be a significant consequence of head trauma, leading to potentially serious disability or death. Although the elderly are especially prone to head trauma due to falls, head injuries and falls related to alcohol use are also quite common and can be seen in younger and middle aged populations. Traumatic brain injury can cause multiple types of cerebral hemorrhagic lesions, which can occur simultaneously. These hemorrhagic lesions can progressively enlarge and cause further neurological deterioration, brainstem herniation, and death. This report highlights a young male with severe brain injury due to considerable alcohol consumption at a party who ultimately died from his injuries. This case report emphasizes the importance of recognizing and raising awareness of the significant role alcohol can play in head related injuries.  

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