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A 61-year-old female asked:

i suffered a bad fall from an mva 2 days ago and got four stitches. i was diagnosed with a basal skull fracture, but thescan showed no other injury to neck or spine. i have somenausea and headache. what would be the recovery time?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
A few weeks: The wound should heal within just 2 - 3 weeks. The skull fracture should largely heal within 4 - 8 weeks, depending on each individual's health condition. Most of the pain from the fracture should resolve within just 2 - 3 weeks. Mvas can cause associated soft tissue injury that can take longer to treat/heal.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Hopefully rapid: You are in the early days of your injury, but if all is otherwise fine, suspect you will feel far better if not fully recovered in about 6-8 weeks.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
1 week to 1 month: Most recover between one week and one month unless there are complications (infection, meningitis, delayed brain hemorrhage). Headaches from this can last more than a year.

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Last updated Sep 20, 2013

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