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Dr. William Singer
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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What are the signs of a baislar skull fracture?

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

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What sign is commonly observed in a person with a basilar skull fracture?

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

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What are the symptoms of basilar skull fracture I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of basilar skull fracture I should be looking for?

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

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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.

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.

Often not: 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

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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

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

Yes: Yes, in part because the mental status of the person, and therefore their ability to report pain, may be altered as well. There is also a condition known as a delayed subdural hematoma which can occur after the original injury. Don't hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: basilar skull fracture?

What is the definition or description of: basilar skull fracture?

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

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I have a skull fracture. What can I do to care for it?

I have a skull fracture. What can I do to care for it?

Not much unless: There are complicating factors such as a depressed fracture or epidural or subdural hematoma.These need immediate attention. If none displaced & no neurological symptoms can b observed closely. 4 any alterations in behavior. U should b under the care of a neurologist. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an untreated skull fracture?

What happens if you have an untreated skull fracture?

Not much: Almost all skull fractures are treated conservatively. They do not require treatment nor surgery. Most of the time the bone will heal. The only skull fracutres needing treatment are ones associated with bleeding or those in children which enlarge. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more