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Doctor insights on: Depressed Skull Fracture

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How's a depressed skull fracture treated?

How's a depressed skull fracture treated?

Surgery or nothing: As a rule of thumb - if the amount of depression is more than the thickness of the skull then the fracture should be elevated. In cosmetic areas, e.g. The forehead where any amount of depression stands out the indication for surgery can be earlier. Open wounds over the fracture and bone injuring the underlying brain also require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I'm starting to think I have a depressed skull fracture..What should I do?

I'm starting to think I have a depressed skull fracture..What should I do?

Seek urgent: Medical evaluation if you have symptoms or signs consistent with a depressed skull fracture. ...Read more

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Could a depressed skull fracture lead to severe blood loss?

Could a depressed skull fracture lead to severe blood loss?

Bleeds in brain: Depressed skull fracture is an acute emergency that needs evaluation treatment immediately. Depressed skull fracture can cause bleeding inside the brain and depending on the site of injury can cause heavy bleeding. But the real danger is in brain damage by sunken pieces of the bone causing brain damage. Apart from immediate effects of injury it can cause long term changes in mood & behavior. ...Read more

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Ideal treatment for depressed open skull fractures?

Ideal treatment for depressed open skull fractures?

Surgery: An open, depressed skull fracture may require surgery. A ct scan can be used to help the neurosurgeon determine proper treatment. ...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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What can happen with splintering bones in a skull fracture?

What can happen with splintering bones in a skull fracture?

Dependswhere they go: If the fragments stay in place, there may be no long term problems. If they penetrate the meninges, which are the membranes that cover the brain, injury or bleeding in the brain can occur. ...Read more

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Can any doc explain if you bleed when you have a closed skull fracture?

Can any doc explain if you bleed when you have a closed skull fracture?

Yes You Bleed: The skull is a bone as well and bone has a blood supply and will bleed when it breaks or fractures. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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