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Doctor insights on: Crushing Injury Occipital Bone

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Why could a crushing injury to the occipital bone often be fatal?

Brain damage: The occipital bone is one of the bones of the skull, located in the back of the head. It is overlying structures in the brain (like the brainstem) that are critical to life. If those areas of the brain are damaged by a crushing injury to the occipital bone, the patient could die. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Sensitive are: The occipital bone houses the exit of the medulla, which controls functions like breathing & hear rate. It also protects the cerebellum, which coordinates motor function, as well as the visual cortex.. Hemorrhage or crush in these area has a high chance of causing major, irreversible brain injury. They are tight spaces in the brain and do not tolerate swelling/injury etc. ...Read more

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Why is an injury to the occipital bone fatal?

Why is an injury to the occipital bone fatal?

IS IT?: Who says it is? Like with any injury it is not always, but is trauma is serious one bleeds inside the brain or between the brain and bone and the pressure generated causes what is called heriation. ...Read more

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Why is the pain from a dressing my doctor put on my shin getting severe and moving into my bone up from the wound? I had a severe crush injury to my left foot and shin.I have a laceration that needs a skin graft on my shin.The stitches have been out for w

You : You could be having a reaction to whatever was put on the wound yesterday, but the first thing i would be concerned about is it becoming infected. Infection would cause swelling, and in the presence of a compression dressing, this would certainly increase your pain on top of the usual pain from an infection. If your doctor has office hours today, i would recommend you go there and wait, because he really must see you today. If he has no hours, call his office and let them know you're going to the er, preferably at the same hospital he or she is doing surgery today, so he or she can pop down to the er between cases and have a look. Good luck. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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I just noticed my sons occipital bone is protruding. It has never been this big. I am a hairdresser and I give him a haircut monthly and have noticed?

I just noticed my sons occipital bone is protruding. It has never been this big. I am a hairdresser and I give him a haircut monthly and have noticed?

Protruding bone: If you feel there is a definite change in the size and shape of your sons occipital bone, than have him evaluated by a doctor and possibly an x-ray would be warranted to assure all is stable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my occipital bone. it is hard, non movable, painless, and is on the left side. what could It be? I suffer from constant all over pain

I have a lump on my occipital bone. it is hard, non movable, painless, and is on the left side. what could It be? I suffer from constant all over pain

Occipital lumps: The most common cause for an occipital lump is trauma, from either direct bang or from a MVA. The two most common causes for systemic pains is Lyme Disease and Mold toxicity. Get checked ...Read more

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My son has a bump or lump on the back of his head (occipital bone) it seems to come and go away. It does not hurt when he touches it. Should i be worr?

My son has a bump or lump on the back of his head (occipital bone) it seems to come and go away. It does not hurt when he touches it. Should i be worr?

Simple vs serious: Our bodies always have things that grow and change. Skin, fat, muscle, lymph nodes, bones, can change shape, get larger, more prominent due to many factors. The vast majority are not cancer but simply unusual growths like fatty tumors, cysts, skin tags, moles, etc. Most cause no symptoms and can be watched. If they cause symptoms or change colors, bleed, bruise or hurt, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

Injuries is also known as Injuries and wounds. An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more