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A 24-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of a basilar skull fracture.?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Basilar skull fx: Basilar skull fracture is usually due to blunt trauma to the back of the head. It has unusual features besides from severe headache. Bruises may appear under the eyes ("raccoon eyes"), there may be bleeding behind the ear drum (only seen with an otoscope), and there may be clear watery fluid (CSF) running out the nose. You can also lose your sense of smell and have severe dizziness.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for basilar skull fracture?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
CT scan: Ct scan of the brain is the best analysis for basilar skull fracture. The bone windows supplied with the ct scan are where we find the fractures of the base of the skull. If we need more detailed images, we have fine-cut ct's of the skull performed.

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