N80 Head injury other (ICD-10:S09.9)

January 19, 2024

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Head injuries can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries. They can occur due to various causes, such as falls, sports injuries, or motor vehicle accidents. It is important to diagnose and manage head injuries promptly to prevent complications and ensure optimal recovery. This guide aims to provide a step-by-step approach to diagnosing and managing head injuries.


– ICPC-2 Code: N80 Head injury other
– ICD-10 Code: S09.9 Unspecified injury of head


  • Headache: Persistent or worsening headache following a head injury.
  • Dizziness: Feeling lightheaded or unsteady.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Especially if they occur after the head injury.
  • Confusion or disorientation: Difficulty remembering or understanding information.
  • Loss of consciousness: Brief loss of consciousness or being “knocked out.”
  • Memory problems: Difficulty recalling events before or after the injury.
  • Sensory changes: Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or changes in taste or smell.
  • Mood changes: Irritability, anxiety, or depression.
  • Sleep disturbances: Insomnia or excessive sleepiness.


  • Falls: Slipping, tripping, or falling from a height.
  • Sports injuries: Impact or collision during sports activities.
  • Motor vehicle accidents: Head injuries due to car accidents.
  • Assault: Physical violence resulting in head trauma.
  • Workplace accidents: Head injuries in occupational settings.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the mechanism of injury, including the cause, location, and force of impact.
  • Assess the patient’s symptoms, including the presence of headache, dizziness, nausea, or memory problems.
  • Inquire about loss of consciousness, duration, and any associated symptoms.
  • Ask about any previous head injuries or medical conditions that may increase the risk of complications.

Physical Examination

  • Perform a thorough neurological examination, including assessment of mental status, cranial nerves, motor function, and sensation.
  • Check for signs of skull fracture, such as bruising behind the ears (Battle’s sign) or bruising around the eyes (raccoon eyes).
  • Palpate the head and neck for tenderness, swelling, or deformities.
  • Evaluate the patient’s balance, coordination, and gait.

Laboratory Tests

  • Complete blood count (CBC): To assess for anemia or infection.
  • Coagulation profile: To evaluate the patient’s bleeding tendency.
  • Blood glucose level: To rule out hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
  • Toxicology screen: If substance abuse is suspected.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Skull X-ray: To evaluate for fractures or other bony abnormalities.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: The preferred imaging modality for assessing head injuries, as it can detect bleeding, swelling, or other structural abnormalities.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): May be considered if a CT scan is inconclusive or to assess for more subtle brain injuries.

Other Tests

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): To evaluate brain activity and detect any abnormalities.
  • Neuropsychological testing: Assess cognitive function, memory, and attention.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the patient’s progress and address any ongoing symptoms or concerns.
  • Educate the patient about the signs and symptoms of complications, such as worsening headache, seizures, or changes in consciousness.
  • Provide information on when to seek immediate medical attention and when it is safe to resume normal activities.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for head injury:

  1. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol):
    • Cost: $5-$10 for a bottle of generic acetaminophen.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to acetaminophen.
    • Side effects: Rare, but can include liver damage if taken in excessive doses.
    • Severe side effects: Allergic reactions, such as rash or difficulty breathing.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Do not exceed the recommended dosage.
  2. Ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin):
    • Cost: $5-$10 for a bottle of generic ibuprofen.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to ibuprofen, history of stomach ulcers or bleeding disorders.
    • Side effects: Upset stomach, heartburn.
    • Severe side effects: Stomach bleeding, kidney problems.
    • Drug interactions: Blood thinners, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
    • Warning: Take with food to reduce the risk of stomach upset.
  3. Anti-nausea medication (e.g., Ondansetron, Metoclopramide):
    • Cost: $10-$30 for a prescription of generic ondansetron.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to the medication.
    • Side effects: Headache, constipation.
    • Severe side effects: Irregular heart rhythm, allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: Serotonin syndrome risk with certain antidepressants.
    • Warning: Follow the prescribed dosage and do not exceed it.
  4. Antidepressants (e.g., Sertraline, Escitalopram):
    • Cost: $10-$30 for a prescription of generic sertraline.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to the medication, recent use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
    • Side effects: Nausea, headache, insomnia.
    • Severe side effects: Suicidal thoughts, serotonin syndrome.
    • Drug interactions: MAOIs, blood thinners.
    • Warning: May take several weeks to achieve the full effect.
  5. Anti-anxiety medication (e.g., Lorazepam, Alprazolam):
    • Cost: $10-$30 for a prescription of generic lorazepam.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to the medication, narrow-angle glaucoma.
    • Side effects: Drowsiness, dizziness.
    • Severe side effects: Respiratory depression, dependence.
    • Drug interactions: Other sedatives, opioids.
    • Warning: Avoid alcohol while taking this medication.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Melatonin: May help improve sleep quality and regulate sleep-wake cycles. Cost: $10-$20 for a bottle of melatonin supplements.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Have anti-inflammatory properties and may support brain health. Cost: $10-$30 for a bottle of omega-3 supplements.
  • Ginkgo biloba: May improve cognitive function and memory. Cost: $10-$20 for a bottle of ginkgo biloba supplements.
  • Bacopa monnieri: Herbal supplement that may enhance memory and cognitive function. Cost: $10-$20 for a bottle of bacopa monnieri supplements.
  • Turmeric: Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cost: $10-$20 for a bottle of turmeric supplements.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Craniotomy: Surgical removal of a part of the skull to relieve pressure on the brain. Cost: $50,000-$100,000.
  • Ventriculostomy: Placement of a catheter into the brain to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid. Cost: $20,000-$40,000.
  • Decompressive hemicraniectomy: Removal of a large part of the skull to allow the brain to swell without causing further damage. Cost: $70,000-$150,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Acupuncture: May help reduce pain and promote healing. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Chiropractic care: Manipulation of the spine to improve alignment and reduce symptoms. Cost: $50-$200 per session.
  • Massage therapy: Can help relax muscles and reduce tension. Cost: $50-$100 per session.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: May help manage psychological symptoms and improve coping strategies. Cost: $100-$200 per session.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber to promote healing. Cost: $200-$300 per session.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Rest and sleep: Adequate rest is essential for the brain to heal. Cost: None.
  • Healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients can support brain health. Cost: Varies depending on food choices.
  • Physical activity: Engaging in regular exercise can improve overall well-being and promote healing. Cost: None or minimal.
  • Stress management: Techniques such as meditation or yoga can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Cost: Varies depending on the chosen method.
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs: Substance abuse can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Cost: None.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

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This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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