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Head and Neck Trauma

Our head and neck trauma team works closely with the UC San Diego Level 1 Trauma Center to quickly and effectively address emergency conditions. We treat these injuries with the highest level of care to get you home, recovered, and back to your life.

Common causes of head and neck trauma

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Physical assault
  • Industrial accidents
  • Sports injuries

Side effects of head and neck injuries

  • Blocked airway
  • Facial deformity
  • Seizures
  • Speech problems
  • Paralysis
  • Coma

In order to stabilize people who have experienced critical injury of the head and neck, our head and neck trauma team will:

  • Assess the need for resuscitation, establishing an airway, ventilating, fluid replacement and other responses.
  • Examine the skull for fractures (e.g., around the eye, mid-facial skeleton and jaw).
  • Assess for cranial nerve injuries, major blood vessel damage, and injury to the aerodigestive tract (breathing and swallowing systems).
  • Work with radiologists to quickly evaluate the extent of injury using advanced imaging equipment.

In order to properly treat serious head and neck injury, we collaborate regularly with:

A person who has sustained a life-threatening injury in San Diego County stands twice the chance of surviving than if the injury had occurred in nearly any other part of the U.S.

More on trauma care in San Diego

Appointments & Referrals

Jacob Husseman, MD
leads the head and neck trauma team. Working collaboratively with the UC San Diego Level 1 Trauma Center, he treats emergency conditions related to the head and neck.

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