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Fractured Skull Recovery
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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?
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
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
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
Concussion: Motorcross I s more likely to be a source of concussions. ...Read more
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
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
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
Not aware of that: I have not heard of any benefit. Most skull fractures heal with time. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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