What is the mortality rate for traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

Updated: Mar 02, 2020
  • Author: Percival H Pangilinan, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Mortality rates after brain injury are highest in people with a severe TBI. In the first year after a TBI, people who survive are more likely to die from seizures, septicemia, pneumonia, digestive conditions, and all external causes of injury than are other people of similar age, sex, and race. [16] However, the mortality rate after severe TBI has decreased since the late 20th century. [17]

According to the CDC, the economic cost of TBI in the United States in 2010, including direct and indirect medical costs, was estimated at $76.5 billion. [18]

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