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Cognitive Disorders after Traumatic Brain Injury

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a cognitive disorder after a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

A cognitive disorder is a problem with certain brain functions. A TBI often damages the front part of the brain. This is the part used for thinking and memory. A cognitive disorder can get better, stay the same, or get worse over time.

What are the signs and symptoms of a cognitive disorder?

You may have any of the following all the time or only with certain activities:

How are cognitive disorders diagnosed?

Your brain will heal for many months after a TBI. Your healthcare provider may need to test you regularly to monitor your brain function. Your provider may use any of the following to help plan treatment:

How is a cognitive disorder treated?

A cognitive disorder cannot be cured. Your healthcare provider may recommend medicines to help decrease some TBI symptoms, such as headaches. A headache can make symptoms of a cognitive disorder worse.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage a cognitive disorder?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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