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Brain Contusions vs. Brain Concussions

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Head trauma can cause brain damage in many ways. What is the difference between a brain contusion and brain concussion? When people experience head injury such as from an auto accident, there are popular misconceptions when comparing contusions to concussions.

Are these head injuries the same in severity or is there no verifiable difference between the two conditions?

Similarities

Both are due to head trauma.
Both are common.
Both are serious.

Differences

Contusions are localized, while concussions are widespread.
Contusions are macroscopic, while concussions are microscopic.