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Basal Skull Fracture Complications
No way to know: I'm very sorry to hear about your injury. Dizziness is likely associated with a concussion and/or neck sprain that have also occurred at the same time as your skull fracture. Honestly, it's very hard to say how long dizziness can last. It can last days to months. If persistent, then medications can help and also vestibular-based physical therapy. ...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
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?
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. ...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
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
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 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. ...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: 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
6-8 weeks: The skull fracture itself will heal just like any other bone in the body and usually take 6-8 weeks. The actual symptoms however, may persist depending on the extent of injury to the underlying brain tissue. ...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
Fractured skull: A basilar skull fracture is a fracture or break in the bone at the bottom of the skull under the brain. It can be at the front of the head and involve the sinus cavities and orbits, the area in front and next to the ear and the area behind the ear. The fracture is often associated with bilateral "black eyes" and bruising behind the ear and may be associated with spinal fluid leak ...Read more
Often no consequence: Most often there are no consequences. However, this can lead to leakage of spinal fluid from the nose or ear and this can create problems such as meningitis or persistent leakage of spinal fluid. More rarely, there can be impairment of hearing or even deafness, or paralysis on one side of the face. ...Read more
Skull base fracture: A basilar skull fracture is a fracture at the base of the skull. It can be associated with "raccoon eyes, " blood behind the ear drum or behind the ear. There can be a leakage of cerebrospinal fluid and the possibility of infection travelling in to cause meningitis. There can also be associated damage to nerves or blood vessels as they travel through the bone of the skull base. ...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
Blood under the skin: When the base of the skull breaks, the force required will cause some bleeding. This blood can track to a nearby surface, under the skin. The most likely areas are underneath the eyes in the soft tissue of the lids, and behind the ear-on the falt surface of the mastoid bone. You can also leak fluid for mthe nose or ear, if the brain covering is torn. ...Read more
What could be some reasons that I have migraines everytime I stand up (following a skull fracture)?
See a doctor soon: It is very possible that your severe headaches on standing (after a skull fracture) are due to a brain fluid leak through your fracture. Such leaks can be dangerous and can lead to meningitis if not properly followed and/or dealt with. Typically, early fractures with brain fluid leaks are dealt with conservatively (meds) but if you have had the fractures for a while, you may need more done. See md. ...Read more
Seek urgent: Medical evaluation if you have symptoms or signs consistent with a depressed skull fracture. ...Read more
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
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