How is the skull supported

traumatic brain injury


The traumatic brain injury consultation is part of the Department of Neuropsychology.
The brain is the most sensitive human organ. It is completely enclosed by the skull and is therefore well protected from injuries. The base of the skull is supported by the cervical spine. Trauma to the skull can also injure the brain. This is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are different types and degrees of severity of traumatic brain injury. In the case of severe TBI, characterized by long unconsciousness of more than half an hour up to considerably longer periods of time, long-term effects are likely. The physical consequences can be very diverse and depend on the region and severity of the brain damage. Often, however, the result is neuropsychological deficits such as disorders of cognition, attention, and stamina, or psychopathological deficits such as disorders of mood or drive.


The Department of Neuropsychology offers with the SHT consultation hour the possibility of an individual diagnosis, advice and care of patients after SHT. Patients from the University Hospital Zurich and external referring physicians are examined. The initial examination takes place normally within the first three months after TBI. Doctors and neuropsychologists from the neuropsychology department collect the physical-neurological and neuropsychological findings. These are the basis for assessing the need for treatment, ability to work and long-term prognosis.

Information and registration

University Hospital Zurich
Department of Neurology
Frauenklinikstr. 26th
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 55 11
Fax +41 44 255 12 60