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Doctor insights on: Crushing Injury To The Occipital Bone

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

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

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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A crush injury to my foot resulted in many insufficiency fractures. All ferritin/iron stuff is very low. RBCs are large. Is bone marrow testing needed?

A crush injury to my foot resulted in many insufficiency fractures. All ferritin/iron stuff is very low. RBCs are large. Is bone marrow testing needed?

Macrocytic anemia: F of unknown age, ethnicity or medical Hx: A crush injury to my foot resulted in many insufficiency fractures. All ferritin/iron stuff is very low. RBCs are large. Is bone marrow testing needed? ANS: u have a macrocytic anemia (large red cells) & low iron. These do not go together well. U need someone 2 look carefully at ur blood smear & U & get Hx of menses, test 4 GI blood loss B4 marrow. ...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 got a sharp pain in my occipital bone that lasted about 5-10m, and have been getting pain all over the right side of my face (just pinches)help?

I got a sharp pain in my occipital bone that lasted about 5-10m, and have been getting pain all over the right side of my face (just pinches)help?

See a doctor: Unless you have had head or neck trauma or have cervical spine disease, the constellation of symptoms you describe is non-specific. If it persists please see your family doctor. Best wishes ...Read more

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The back of my head, center, above occipital bone, it burns. I feel an indentation where the burning is, and there is no visible sign of any irritant.

The back of my head, center, above occipital bone, it burns. I feel an indentation where the burning is, and there is no visible sign of any irritant.

Burning: If careful inspection of the scalp in that area doesn't reveal any inflammation of the skin, your symptom may be caused by an irritable or slightly inflamed superficial nerve of the scalp. It should resolve and doesn't appear to be a serious condition. Avoid pressure on that area of your scalp. ...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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Firm and movable lump on the left of my occipital bone. What could it be???

Firm and movable lump on the left of my occipital bone. What could it be???

Lump: It may be a cyst or a lipoma. Both would be somewhat soft and rubbery though. It is best to get it checked by your PCP and then decide whether it needs to be removed or biopsied. ...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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Hello, I am having bad headaches in back of my head near the left occipital bone, I have had these for months and normal painkillers don't help, I have?

Hello, I am having bad headaches in back of my head near the left occipital bone, I have had these for months and normal painkillers don't help, I have?

Occipital neuralgia: H/A in the back of your head about 1.5" off of the midline are called occipital neuralgia. Greater occipital nerve is inflamed and causing the pain typically. Underlying cause, however, is likely to be a problem with upper cervical discs. With "painkillers" not helping, have you have been seen by a headache specialist, rule out other problems. If not evaluated, see MD. Contact me if needed. ...Read more

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Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?

Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?

Lump: This could be an inflamed lymph node, cyst or ingrown hair. Apply warm soaks. Check to see whether you have a skin eruption in that area which can cause lymph node reactivity. See your physician as needed. ...Read more

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Hard lump on left occipital bone, no/very dull pain and increased discomfort when pressure is applied. One on right side but smaller, not symmetrical?

Fasciitis vs node: The insertions of the muscles that extend the neck - trapezius, splenius and semispinalis capitus insert on the occiput and when you evaluate 10 people a day with cervicalgia or neck pain you discover how universal myofascial tenderness and nodularity are in this region. That's why people benefit from simple head and neck massage. It might also be a posterior cervical lymph node draining the scalp ...Read more

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I have a large dent on the left and right side of skull bellow my occipital bone. Just showed up over night? What has caused this? The Depo-Provera shot?

Nothing: In the absence of a traumatic event, you have probably just noticed this normal formation of the human skull. Check it out on others to compare. ...Read more

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Swollen occipital bone and nodes near it very itchy, also itchy rash all over my body. What can I do.

Swollen occipital bone and nodes near it very itchy, also itchy rash all over my body. What can I do.

Nondiagnostic: Without inspecting the type of rash, no specific diagnosis can be made. The lymph nodes are most likely reacting to the rash itself. I recommend a consultation by your physician or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime try antihistamine like benadryl (causes drowsiness) or Claritin (loratadine) which doesn't cause drowsiness. Try to think of any new exposure to foods or other substances. ...Read more

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