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Diseases Of The Skull Bone
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Depends on type: Bone tumors for the most part fall into primary and metastatic lesions. For the metastatic lesions of lung prognosis is poor. For breast Ca there are long term survivals. Of the primary lesions there are benign and malignant lesions. The benign like enchondromas grow slowly and may have some pain. The malignant lesions such as osteo and chondrosarcomas can destroy the bone and metastasize . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Bone metastases features can vary. Some are bone "lytic" (moth eaten) such as squamous cell cancers or multiple myeloma. Others are "blastic" such as breast, prostate, etc. Symptoms vary from asymptomatic to painful. Bones may easily (pathologically) fracture. Treatment can include bone directed therapy such as bisphosphonates, xgeva (denosumab), radiation, radio frequency ablation, v-plasty. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the short/long term effects of a hairline skull fracture. 3" in length from lambdoid suture forward toward the temporal bone.
Usually none: In an adult, the type of fracture you describe really has no long-term effects. Short term problems really have to do with any associated intracranial problems (hemorrhages, contusions, etc.). Potential fractures requiring treatment are ones that are exposed through the scalp (open), significantly depressed, ones involving skull sinuses, which can leak csf, or "growing" fractures in young children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type: What type of canals are you referring to? Named or unnamed? ...Read more
Subcortical edema: The cortex of bone is the outer layer. Subcortical means below the cortex. The term means you are suffering from bruising of the bone. ...Read more
Protection: The skeletal system function to protect vital organs like the brain ( in terms of the skull) or heart and lungs and give structure to the body. Bones are also involved in blood cell production, mineral storage and endocrine functions. ...Read more
None.: As a newborn, none of the skull bones are fused; there are membranes/cartilage that fill spaces between them. Gradually this converts to bone (ossification), mostly during childhood, but process may not be complete till age 25! if they fuse prematurely, will cause intracranial pressure, head pain, visual problems, and unusual head shapes causing low self-esteem. Craniosynostosis requires surgery. ...Read more
Bone marrow disease: The symptoms are related to the abnormality of the bone marrow function -i.e. Decrease production of the blood cell counts-or increase level of blood cells counts if something supresses bone marrow function-anemia, decrease WBC and platelet can happen. -symptoms will include fatigue, infection, fever, bleeding. If the cell count is too much-clots, fatigue, feeling sluggish can happen. ...Read more
Whould a cervical spine MRI show the cause of pressure, numbness, tenderness of the area at the base of the skull to the middle of the top of neck?
It may or may not as: There are several different possibilities for your symptoms including none cervical spine ones-some may arise from the cervical spine but may also not be diagnosed by the MRI as well-tests are usually done to confirm or help to narrow done the possible causes after a careful history and exam is done by a physician who will then order the appropriate tests or referrals ...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