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Had axonal injury from car accident. CAT scan shows bruising. Can location of brain injury prevent him from waking up?

My 23 year old son has an axonal injury from car accident 1/21/13. CAT scan shows bruising in central area. He s been in a coma for 5 days and no reflexes. Liver and torn aorta valve were priority but not so much today. Can location of the brain injury prevent him from waking up? Dr said left side controls right side of body so...will he have any use of his right side or is it dependent on severity of injury? How and when will we know how much damage there is?
Asked On : Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Radiologist 's  Response
Hi, welcome to HCM.
Unfortunately axonal injury is most severe form of brain injury. It is diffusely scattered in brain. It has grave prognosis. It will difficult to say exact location at present.
We have to wait for few days until his consciousness come back. Then gradually exact nature will be identified.
Liver injury and torn aorta can be managed surgically depending on patient stabillity and opinion of surgical team.

Hope for the best.

Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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