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Dementia in Head Injury (cont.)

Dementia in Head Injury Causes

The following are the most common causes of head injury in civilians:

  • Motor vehicle accidents (50%)

  • Falls (21%)

  • Assault or gunshot wound (12%)

  • Sports, such as boxing (dementia pugilistica), or other recreational activity (10%)

Use of alcohol or other substances is a factor in about half of these injuries.

Certain groups are more likely than others to sustain head injury.

  • In children, bicycle accidents are a significant cause of head injury.

  • Most head injuries in infants reflect child abuse. A common name for this is shaken baby syndrome.

  • Elderly persons are especially likely to injure themselves by falling.

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