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Can coughing to hard cause head trauma

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can coughing to hard cause head trauma
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 7 years ago.
Hello,
Hard coughing is said to increase intra cranial pressure although not proved. Any raised pressure can cause rupture of abnormal blood vessel in the brain { dilated/ aneurysm/ with weakened wall }. Secondly if there is jerk to head during coughing than it can hit on any hard surface and cause trauma { leading to bleed/ fracture/ concussion }. CT scan in such cases help.
Wish you well. God bless
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

if it was just a that happened after he coughed,but did not hit his head on anything, would you say a migraine could be caused?

Expert:  Ken replied 7 years ago.
Hello,
Migraine causes chronic headache and may be associated with aura { such as flashes of light, blind spots can predispose to trauma }. Otherwise directly migraine will not cause trauma.
Wish you well. God bless
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
but can coughing to hard cause the migraine?
Expert:  Ken replied 7 years ago.
Hello,
Much about the cause of migraines isn't understood, genetics and environmental factors are known to have a role. Imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin may be the cause.
No coughing will not cause migraine directly BUT intense physical exertion can trigger it.
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