Acquired Brain Injury can be defined as any brain injury that occurs
with rapid-onset during a person’s life. It can be:
- Damage to brain tissue following traumatic injuries – resulting from road traffic accidents, falls, assaults, sports injuries
- Damage to the brain following stroke (through haemorrhage or aneurysm), brain surgery or a brain tumour
- Damage to brain tissue as a result of viral infection (e.g. following encephalitis, meningitis, syphilis)
- Damage to brain resulting from lack of oxygen (e.g. as a result of heart attacks, hypoxia or anoxia)
Acquired Brain Injury has been described as a silent epidemic. People with ABI may often look fine but
can have many problems which mean they cannot resume their previous lives or even return home.