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Can a having a fractured skull as an infant cause lower iq later in life?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The crack itself does not mean a kid will suffer diminished performance later on. Some babies have relatively simple fractures from falls or incidental trauma & don't mess up the brain inside. Some may suffer brain injury to a minor or major degree & the potential outcome depends on the amount & location of brain injury involved. The quicker the recovery the less likely an impact on iq.
Dr. Craig Uhl
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Not necessarily: It would depend on the extent of injuries. Was brain matter involved? Was there bleeding in the brain that may have damaged the brain? Also depends at what age this trauma occurred. The brain is an amazing organ and trauma in infancy has a much better outlook than a teenager with similar head trauma.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can having a fractured skull as an infant lead to having seizures later in life?

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Dr. Tibor Becske
Neurology 31 years experience
Possibly: This is one of those things you will never get a straight answer to, unless the trauma was severe enough to have caused brain damage. Even then, it is more likely than not that the seizures are not related to the trauma. I would consult a good epileptologist (neurologist specializing in seizures). Sometimes the seizure focus can be found and resected.

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