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How Long To Wait To Fly After Fracture In Skull
Variable: The severity of the injury is the determining factor. Your doctor, who has the details, is the person to ask. ...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
Depends: The bones take about 12 weeks to heal enough to take normal loads, though "minor" injuries may not need much protection. If there is injury to the nearby soft tissues (brain, spinal cord, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, disks, muscles) the recovery could be more complex and lengthy. The severity of the bone injury also impacts recovery. ...Read more
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
3-4 month: It depend on the kind of the fracture, the location, the treatment done and general condition of the patient. ...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
8-12 weeks: Each child is different. Some kids recover fast and some take a little more time. They should do an x-ray a few days down the road to make sure she is healing properly. I'm hoping they did a cat scan when it happened to make sure she didn't have any bleeding in her brain which is somewhat common after a skull fracture. Good luck. ...Read more
Skull fracture: Most skull fractures will heal on the order of weeks to months. Rarely, babies can get "growing skull fractures, " which involves widening of the fracture line, and requires surgical treatment. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: The skull fracture itself will heal just like any other bone in the body and usually take 6-8 weeks. The actual symptoms however, may persist depending on the extent of injury to the underlying brain tissue. ...Read more
No way to know: I'm very sorry to hear about your injury. Dizziness is likely associated with a concussion and/or neck sprain that have also occurred at the same time as your skull fracture. Honestly, it's very hard to say how long dizziness can last. It can last days to months. If persistent, then medications can help and also vestibular-based physical therapy. ...Read more
Difficult: The pituitary is in the middle of your head. ...Read more
Till at least it hea: The fracture should be fully healed and there should be no residual neurological damage/deficit. This would take over 2 months for the bones to heal. I can not estimate or predict if there is any neurological deficit untill after the first couple of months have passed. ...Read more
My 5 year old son suffered a 4 1/2 inch long skull fracture @ 14 mts when some1 pulled a cart out from under him. He now has head tics, is it related?
Probably not: This is a common age to develop tics. While there are a number of known causes of tics, head injury is not one. Roughly a quarter of the population will experience a tic at some point (some say more than a quarter). Given how often tics occur in the population, it would be difficult to say that the head injury was the cause. ...Read more
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 more
A friend suffered a subdural hematoma and a skull fracture three weeks ago. In terms of alcohol, marijuana, how long would it take until trying these?
2 people got into a car accident 10 days ago. One had 3 skull fractures and a collapsed lung, 1had 1 skull fracture. How long in a hospital? Age 8, 11
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
I am a healthy 23yr old who had a gsw to neck 3yrs ago resulting in c1, basilar skull, and clivus fractures. What are possible future complications?
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
In skull fracture, neuro checks should be performed once an hour, for the first 24 hours:
make sure the person can be awakened
make sure the person can walk
make sure the person can speak normally
make sure the person can move extremities normally. ...Read more
Basilar skull fx: Basilar skull fracture is usually due to blunt trauma to the back of the head. It has unusual features besides from severe headache. Bruises may appear under the eyes ("raccoon eyes"), there may be bleeding behind the ear drum (only seen with an otoscope), and there may be clear watery fluid (CSF) running out the nose. You can also lose your sense of smell and have severe dizziness. ...Read more
Often no consequence: Most often there are no consequences. However, this can lead to leakage of spinal fluid from the nose or ear and this can create problems such as meningitis or persistent leakage of spinal fluid. More rarely, there can be impairment of hearing or even deafness, or paralysis on one side of the face. ...Read more
Skull fracture: The most common symptoms of basilar skull fracture are bruising around one or both eyes (a black eye) without known injury or blow to this area of the face; may also get blood behind the ear on the side of the fracture. Less commonly there may be leakage of spinal fluid from the nose or the ear. ...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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