Cerebral contusions are essentially bruises on the brain. The brain is susceptible to a bruise just as any other part of the human body. In a head injury, the brain often hits the skull with enough force to bruise the brain. Cerebral contusions must be diagnosed and treated immediately to prevent swelling of the brain, which can be life-threatening. If the brain swells, surgery may be necessary to reduce the intracranial pressure.
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