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What is frontal lobe damage?

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Catastrophic Injuries |

The frontal lobe is an area of the brain that contains many crucial parts, such as the prefrontal cortex and frontal eye fields.

When this area gets damaged, it will reflect on the health and well-being of the victim. Thus, it is important to understand exactly what frontal lobe damage is.

What is the frontal lobe?

Physiopedia discusses damage to the frontal lobe of the brain. As mentioned, this part of the brain holds numerous important cortexes. This also includes the premotor, supplementary motor and motor cortexes, as well as Broca’s Area.

Together, these parts of the brain control things like voluntary smooth muscle movements of the body, eyes and mouth, memory encoding, impulse control, behavioral and emotional responses, executive function and more.

How does damage manifest?

When the frontal lobe gets damaged, it is usually due to an impact on the front or the back of the head. This can cause the brain to smash into the skull, resulting in bruising, bleeding or swelling.

The extent of the damage will depend on numerous factors such as the strength behind the hit, the health of the victim, whether the blow came from the front or the back, and more. The most common causes of this injury include rear or frontal end crashes in cars and slip and fall incidents.

When dealing with damage to the frontal lobe, it is important to get quick medical attention. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose the type of damage and the extent to which it occurred. A medical team can then provide quick care as soon as possible, lowering the chance of long-term damage.