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A 24 year old man was agitated and confused following a motor vehicle accident.
Axial CT scans of the brain. Note the area of traumatic contusion (i.e., hemorrhage and surrounding edema) in the right frontal lobe. On the left is a low density area consistent with cerebral edema. The frontal poles are common locations for cerebral contusions following head injury (i.e., the head stops but the brain keeps moving and strikes the inner skull).
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