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Diffuse Axonal Injury ( DAI) - What is it?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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A Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) can be caused by shaking ( e.g. shaken baby syndrome) or strong rotation of the head. Such as the rotational forces which a person might be subjected to in a car accident.

DAI occurs when the brain lags behind the movement of the skull, causing structures within the brain to tear.

This tearing of structures within the brain causes chemicals to be released within the brain. Which in turn causes additional damage.

The tearing itself leads to a disruption of the communication processes within the brain.

A Diffuse Axonal Injury can be temporary or in some cases permanent.

The effects of DAI can include a variety of functional impairments depending on where the tearing itself occured within the brain.

Interested in discussing a DAI injury in more detail?


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Jeff Witten

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