basilar skull fracture

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A basilar skull fracture (or basal skull fracture) is a fracture of the base of the skull, typically involving the temporal bone, occipital bone, sphenoid bone, and/or ethmoid bone. This type of fracture is rare, occurring as the only fracture in just 4% of severe head injury patients.
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What are the tests for basilar skull fracture?

CT scan

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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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Describe the features of a basilar skull fracture.?

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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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How long does the person recover from basilar skull fracture?

6-8 weeks

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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.
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What's the most effective way to treat basilar skull fracture?

Carefully

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Immediate evaluation in an ER to prevent brain damage.Please see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve.
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What are the consequences of developing basilar skull fracture?

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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.
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What is the definition or description of: Basilar skull fracture?

Not common

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A basilar skull fracture (or basal skull fracture) is a fracture of the base of the skull, typically involving the temporal bone, occipital bone, sphenoid bone, and/or ethmoid bone. This type of fracture is rare, occurring as the only fracture in just 4% of severe head injury patients.
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What are the consequences of my kid having basilar skull fracture?

Often no consequence

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

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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.
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What does it mean to have basilar skull fracture? My aunt wants to know.

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

Blood under the skin

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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.
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