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Can Someone With A Recent Skull Fracture Survive High Altitudes
DO NOT DO IT: Any significant head injury, especially one involving a skull fracture, is taking grave risk if goes to or stays at high altitude. Brain damage is caused by increased intracranial pressure, cause by masses, blood collection or edema. Lower altitudes, like jumping off a cliff, are not conducive to good health either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more
Possibly, depends: The degree of the skull fracture and associated head injury is an important factor in determining if your current symptoms might be related. The more severe the head injury , the more likely your current headaches might be related. It is known that patients who have severe head injury are at increased risk for delayed sequelae-ie. Hydrocephalus, cognitive issues. You should have this checked out. ...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
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
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
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
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
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