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What is the treatment and recovery after a fractured skull?

What is the treatment and recovery after a fractured skull?

Just time: Most skull fractures will heal in 3 months without any specific treatment. Some skull fractures that may require surgery include depressed fractures, fractures involving the frontal sinuses and compound skull fractures. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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 was diagnosed with a linear skull fracture in my left temporo paretial bone. Recovery time? And when can I resume football/weight training/gym? Thx

I was diagnosed with a linear skull fracture in my left temporo paretial bone. Recovery time? And when can I resume football/weight training/gym? Thx

6 - 12 weeks: Healing is a gradual process, as filling a glass pouring liquid. If there was no brain damage, no broken blood vessels inside your skull, and no loss of consciousness, I believe you could start easy weight training now. Maximum strength of the fracture healing I estimate at 12 weeks, so I would not do full unrestricted contact sports for 12 weeks, and then only if you are symptom free. ...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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How is a fractured skull treated?

How is a fractured skull treated?

Conservatively: Most skull fractures are treated conservatively. However, if the skull fracture is significantly depressed, causing neurologic compromise or is cosmetically unappealing (on forehead for example), they can be treated surgically. ...Read more

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What is done for a fractured skull?

What is done for a fractured skull?

Depends: It depends entirely on the location and type of fracture. Everything from nothing to surgery. ...Read more

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What are signs of a fractured skull?

Bruising: If the front of the skull isfractured there may be bruises around the eyes. If the back of the skull is fractured, there may be a bruise behind the ear. Clear (tap water like) fluid coming out the nose or ear can be a sign of a fracture of the base of the skull. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a fractured skull?

What are the signs of a fractured skull?

Skull fracture: This usually occurs post trauma and is diagnosed by a cat scan of the head. It is not a surgical problem if the fracture is minor and there is no overlying skin laceration. Consult a neurologist or neurosurgeon to review the films. ...Read more

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What are some signs of a fractured skull?

What are some signs of a fractured skull?

Depends: There are different types of skull fractures. Open versus closed - is the scalp cut and the bone exposed? The skull can have a linear crack, or in pieces, or depressed, or sunken down. Signs are swelling of the scalp, bruising under scalp, bruising behind ear or around eyes. ...Read more

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Is having a fractured skull a serious injury?

Is having a fractured skull a serious injury?

Usually not: If you wear a motorcycle helmet and hit your head, the helmet is designed to protect by breaking and absorbing the force. So does the skull protect the brain. Usually not a major issue, unless the crack cuts across the middle meningeal artery, which could result in an epidural hemorrhage, or it affects the cribiform plate at top of nose, loss of smell. So, not serious, unless... ...Read more

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How long does it take a fractured skull to heal?

How long does it take a fractured skull to heal?

3-4 month: Most of the time that will be enough, if you have complications that is different. ...Read more

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What does a fractured skull sound like?

Crunch: From the standpoint of the observer I suspect "thud" would be descriptive. The recipient on the other hand would likely experience a crunch sound or crack noise which they may or may not recall as a result of amnesia which frequently accompanies the fracture. ...Read more

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How can doctors treat a fractured skull?

How can doctors treat a fractured skull?

Just time: Most skull fractures will heal in 3 months without any specific treatment. Some skull fractures that may require surgery include depressed fractures, fractures involving the frontal sinuses and compound skull fractures. ...Read more

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How long will I continue to have headaches after I suffered a fractured skull?

How long will I continue to have headaches after I suffered a fractured skull?

Six months: After an injury like that it is not uncommon for the headaches to go on for several months. Usually by six months most posttraumatic headaches have resolved but they can last even up to one year although that is less likely. Hang in there. They will eventually get better in most cases. ...Read more

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My son's head feels from due to a fractured skull that he got. How long will it take for him head to return to normal?

Skull fracture: Assuming no concussion, symptoms related to the skull fracture: HA, emesis, bleeding, change of behaviors,
he should resolve the fracture in time (4-8 weeks). The skull might be soft for a few weeks-months, but should not affect internal brain function, assuming no other symptoms from this trauma. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a fractured skull?

What is the best treatment for a fractured skull?

Just time: Most skull fractures will heal in 3 months without any specific treatment. Some skull fractures that may require surgery include depressed fractures, fractures involving the frontal sinuses and compound skull fractures. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly when you have a fractured skull?

Yes it is safe: Assuming that doctor see you and give the okay for that. Skull fracture is a serious injury and may have other injuries with it so see the doctor and get clearance before you do it. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a fractured skull or concussion?

How do I know if it is a fractured skull or concussion?

Definitions: A cerebral concussion is head trauma associated with loss of consciousness, amnesia or a combination of both. A skull fracture can be seen on a cat scan, and may or may not be associated with a concussion. Hopefully, the skull absorbs the force and there is no brain damage. ...Read more

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Can a having a fractured skull as an infant cause lower IQ later in life?

Can a having a fractured skull as an infant cause lower IQ later in life?

Depends: The crack itself does not mean a kid will suffer diminished performance later on. Some babies have relatively simple fractures from falls or incidental trauma & don't mess up the brain inside. Some may suffer brain injury to a minor or major degree & the potential outcome depends on the amount & location of brain injury involved. The quicker the recovery the less likely an impact on iq. ...Read more

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I hit my head on ground. Could I have a fractured skull or other serious injury, what to do?

I hit my head on ground. Could I have a fractured skull or other serious injury, what to do?

Fractured skull: If only headache, local pain at the impact site then likely not a fracture. If you had nausea and vomiting with loss of consciousness then the injury is likely more severe and could involve a skull fracture and possible injury to the underlying brain. ...Read more

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How should I know if I suffered head concussion or fractured skull?

How should I know if I suffered head concussion or fractured skull?

Radiograph: Unless the skull fracture is very severe as with an object protruding into the head, you cannot diagnose a fracture without an x-ray or a cat scan. A concussion may occur with or without a loss of consciousness. The general symptoms include headache, nausea, difficulty focusing mentally, dizziness, ringing in the ears, trouble sleeping (both too much and too little). ...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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Why would infants under 12 months wear helmet? Don't know what it's called - this one resembles that for a fractured skull? I see it a lot nowadays.

Why would infants under 12 months wear helmet? Don't know what it's called - this one resembles that for a fractured skull? I see it a lot nowadays.

Helmets: Since the recommendation to keep babies on their back to avoid sids, babies heads have become misshapened. In order to correct the misshaped head, babies wear these corrective helmets. ...Read more

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Could I have a fractured skull if I hit my head on concrete but have no symptoms?

Yes: Yes. Skull is pretty tough and unless you can feel a depression in it with your finger or u have an open wound over it- no treatment is necessary. ...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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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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Can having a fractured skull as an infant lead to having seizures later in life?

Can having a fractured skull as an infant lead to having seizures later in life?

Possibly: This is one of those things you will never get a straight answer to, unless the trauma was severe enough to have caused brain damage. Even then, it is more likely than not that the seizures are not related to the trauma. I would consult a good epileptologist (neurologist specializing in seizures). Sometimes the seizure focus can be found and resected. ...Read more

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What foods can help skull fracture heal?

Time: A healthy diet is advised, but no certain food or supplements are required. Just take it easy and avoid repeat injury. It just takes time. ...Read more

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What does one feel if one has a skull fracture?

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

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What happens when someone get a skull fracture?

Skull fracture: The fracture itself is a break or crack of the cranial bone.
It may cause no permanent damage, or depending on what part and how much of the underlying brain was affected, there may be serious neurological subsequelae such as seizures, cognitive or motor problems. ...Read more

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What could a skull fracture do to a young person?

Look for brain injur: It takes a hard hit to cause a skull fracture, so they may indicate a concussion occurred. The bones usually heal up fine in 6-8 weeks. But be on the look out for concussion symptoms that last more than a few days (dizziness, headache, memory problems, etc). ...Read more

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Which type of skull fracture is the most serious?

Which type of skull fracture is the most serious?

Depressed or base: Depressed skull fractures are serious as they can damage underlying brain tissue as well as communicate with the skin causing infection. They can also be associated with hemorrhages.
Skull base fractures are very serious as they can fracture through areas where nerves or arteries/veins enter/exit.
These can also cause spinal fluid to leak. ...Read more

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How do I get a second opinion on a skull fracture?

An x-ray will tell: An x-ray should be diagnostic for a skull fracture, and then you really either have one or you don't. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long skull fracture heal in child 15 months old?

How long skull fracture heal in child 15 months old?

Fracture healing: Children heal fractures remarkably quickly. As long as the fracture wasn't complicated (i.e. Markedly comminuted, or open, or infected etc) then it should be almost completely healed within 4 - 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a skull fracture feel like?

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