Pennsylvanian residents who were involved in an accident resulting in trauma to the head could experience cerebral edema. Also known as brain swelling, cerebral edema can cause the sufferer many painful and alarming side-effects. If left untreated, it can even result in permanent injury or death.

As WebMD states, many of the symptoms of cerebral edema are the same as concussive symptoms, because a concussion will usually also result in brain swelling. The signs include:

  • Memory loss
  • Behavioral changes
  • Difficulty moving or speaking
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Headache or neck pains
  • Confusion or stupor

The intensity of the symptoms will depend directly on the amount of swelling occurring in the brain. The location of the swelling will also determine what’s impacted. If brain swelling begins to worsen over time, then the symptoms will also grow more severe. For example, someone with mild swelling may just experience confusion and exhaustion. If someone has severe swelling, they could progress to unconsciousness, vomiting, or seizures.

LiveStrong also points out that there are long-term symptoms associated with brain swelling, typically as a result of parts of the brain going too long without oxygen. They can last for months or years, or may even be permanent in some cases. Typical signs include poor memory, depression or anxiety, and difficulty thinking or concentrating. A sufferer may experience physical problems as well, like trouble sleeping, dizziness, or fatigue.

If a person is experiencing early signs of brain swelling, it’s important to get treatment as quickly as possible. If the swelling gets too bad, permanent damage can be done before the doctors are able to help.