Our brains are complex. As such, the complications that arise from an injury to our brains are often vexing. We asked a trio of medical professionals to shed some insight on how specialists diagnose and treat brain trauma.

Dona Murphey, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, CortiCare

“If your loved one demonstrates waxing and waning consciousness or repetitive movements, consider requesting that the ICU team order a 24-hour EEG.”

Eric Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Director Telemedicine, CortiCare

“The longer people wait, the fewer options are available, and often the worse the outcome.”

David M. Labiner, M.D.

Head, Department of Neurology, University of Arizona

“When recovery appears delayed, it could be due to unrecognized seizures, that are much more common than previously recognized.”

Brad J. Kolls, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurology, Duke

“Face droop, weakness in arm or leg, sensory changes, confusion or sleepiness after trauma are all signs that should prompt rapid evaluation.”