Brain Trauma, Contrecoup

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Contrecoup brain trauma occurs in the settings of closed head injury, where the force of an impact moves the intracranial contents away from the original site of the blow. When the contents are suddenly stopped by the skull on the opposite side, a parenchymal injury occurs. The resulting traumatic injury can include contusions, epidural hematomas, and subarachnoid hemorrhage and may necessitate surgical treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Closed head injury
  • Contrecoup
  • Contusion
  • Hematoma
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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