contrecoup injury

contrecoup injury

[kôtreko̅o̅′]
Etymology: L, contra, against; Fr, coup, blow; L, injuria
an injury, usually involving the brain, in which the tissue damage is on the side opposite the trauma site, as when a blow to the left side of the head results in brain damage on the right side.

contrecoup injury

Traumatology A brain 'bruise' diametrically opposite the site of an impacting blow to the cranium, where the head is in motion and the brain lags behind by a split-second; a blow to the back of the head results in lesions of the frontal lobes and horns of the temporal lobes; a blow to the top of the skull results in contrecoup lesions to the hippocampus and the corpus callosum. See Boxing. Cf Coup.
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Dr Bolster said: "He had what is known as a contrecoup injury which is virtually always associated with a fall.