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Baby Skull Fracture Symptoms
Skull fracture: Most skull fractures will heal on the order of weeks to months. Rarely, babies can get "growing skull fractures, " which involves widening of the fracture line, and requires surgical treatment. ...Read more
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Hi is there a true way to put a time frame on when a skull fracture and healed rib fractures could have happened on an infant 3 months old?
Yes: Yes, yes there is. Be sure and tell the truth to all medical providers. ...Read more
8-12 weeks: Each child is different. Some kids recover fast and some take a little more time. They should do an x-ray a few days down the road to make sure she is healing properly. I'm hoping they did a cat scan when it happened to make sure she didn't have any bleeding in her brain which is somewhat common after a skull fracture. Good luck. ...Read more
Skull fracture: The most common symptoms of basilar skull fracture are bruising around one or both eyes (a black eye) without known injury or blow to this area of the face; may also get blood behind the ear on the side of the fracture. Less commonly there may be leakage of spinal fluid from the nose or the ear. ...Read more
Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.
But our design is protective here. The forehead in toddlers is thicker than other parts of the skull and if he shows no signs of altered behavior nor illness it is probably O.K.
Make his brother stop roughing him up. ...Read more
If a 9 mo. Old has a skull fracture, can playing "bouncy-bouncy" on your leg, (baby's rear lifts off mommy's leg, baby's head flops) cause injury?
Can a person have a subdural hematoma or skull fracture for a month with only symptoms being side headache and back head pain? Got black eye month ago
2 days ago fell on the back of my head (on AstroTurf). Didn't black out. Only symptoms now are fatigue, stiff neck muscles & blood in mucus when I blow my nose. Could the blood be a skull fracture? Should I go to ER?
Basilar Skull fxr: The classic signs of a basilar skull fracture include "raccoon eyes" and "battle's sign". Raccoon eyes = dark discoloration around the eyes that, well, gives a raccoon like appearance. Battle's sign is a hematoma (bruising and bulge) behind the ear. Other signs include bloody drainage from the ear with or without cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage from the ear. ...Read more
Varies: They typical non-depressed skull fracture is associated with headache, transient nausea, sometimes dizziness, and rare hearing changes. It is rare for such fractures to require surgery. Depressed fractures are more complex and require detailed analysis by your local neurosurgeon to determine if you need surgery. ...Read more
The fracture itself is a break or crack of the cranial bone.
It may cause no permanent damage, or depending on what part and how much of the underlying brain was affected, there may be serious neurological subsequelae such as seizures, cognitive or motor problems. ...Read more
Depressed or base:
Depressed skull fractures are serious as they can damage underlying brain tissue as well as communicate with the skin causing infection. They can also be associated with hemorrhages.
Skull base fractures are very serious as they can fracture through areas where nerves or arteries/veins enter/exit.
These can also cause spinal fluid to leak. ...Read more
An x-ray will tell: An x-ray should be diagnostic for a skull fracture, and then you really either have one or you don't. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on age: This would depend on the age of the patient. In an infant, you can feel a ridge or indentation along the fracture line. In an adult, it is harder to feel as the skin is much thicker. Clearly if the fracture is large and depressed, one can feel the indentation. But there would be significant associated head trauma and a likely open laceration. ...Read more
3-4 month: It depend on the kind of the fracture, the location, the treatment done and general condition of the patient. ...Read more
In skull fracture, neuro checks should be performed once an hour, for the first 24 hours:
make sure the person can be awakened
make sure the person can walk
make sure the person can speak normally
make sure the person can move extremities normally. ...Read more
Not good idea: I would recommend waiting a minimum 6 to 8 weeks after skull fracture to begin lifting weights again. By the way, having a "slight" skull fracture is like being "a little" pregnant. ...Read more
That depends on: The specific type of skull fracture ; location. ...Read more
All types of these -:
Can be bad, except maybe a close undisplaced fracture. All open fx or depressed are bad for getting infected or causing brain damage. Even the undisplaced ones can result in internal bleeding to cause pressure on the brain from the bleeding.
So take all skull fractures seriously, as none can be benign. ...Read more
Basilar skull fx: Basilar skull fracture results from a blow to the back of the head. This causes a concussion, which will usually resolve completely in several weeks. In severe cases it can cause spinal fluid leak, which needs to be surgically repaired. There a few cases which may have permanent loss of smell or vertigo. Over 90% of patients recover without long-term effects. ...Read more
Seek urgent: Medical evaluation if you have symptoms or signs consistent with a depressed skull fracture. ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more