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If a teenager got a linear skull fracture, how long should he wait before returning to school?

If a teenager got a linear skull fracture, how long should he wait before returning to school?

Variable: The severity of the injury is the determining factor. Your doctor, who has the details, is the person to ask. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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How long is recovery for fractured spine and a cracked skull?

How long is recovery for fractured spine and a cracked skull?

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

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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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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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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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On average, how long will a skull fracture tae to heal?

3-4 month: It depend on the kind of the fracture, the location, the treatment done and general condition of the patient. ...Read more

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

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 long does a skull fracture take to heal in a baby?

How long does a skull fracture take to heal in a baby?

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

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How long does it take for a babies skull fracture to heal?

How long does it take for a babies skull fracture to heal?

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

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How long does the person recover from basilar skull fracture?

How long does the person recover from basilar skull fracture?

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

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I have a basal skull fracture how long before dizziness stop?

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

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How long should you avoid alcohol after having an occipital skull fracture?

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

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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?

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

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What are the short/long term effects of a hairline skull fracture. 3" in length from lambdoid suture forward toward the temporal bone.

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

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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?

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?

No time soon.: The intake of alcohol would not be advised until he has been cleared by his physician. This is important. Although some do not agree with me, I personally would not endorse the recreational use of marijuana. ...Read more

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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

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

Very serious: These 2 accident victims are young with serious injuries. They may be in hospital a long while. They may need rehab, physical therapy, and home health. Okay to ask the care team about their day to day progress and prognosis. ...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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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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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?

Gun shot wound: You are very fortunate to have survived. The fractures associated with the gunshot wound are likely stable. If the bullet is still in your body then obtaining an MRI scan is not possible. See your neurosurgeon to determine if any future problems could occur. ...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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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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I have a skull fracture. What can I do to care for it?

Not much unless: There are complicating factors such as a depressed fracture or epidural or subdural hematoma.These need immediate attention. If none displaced & no neurological symptoms can b observed closely. 4 any alterations in behavior. U should b under the care of a neurologist. ...Read more

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After a skull fracture how do you know everything is ok?

Neuro check: 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

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What are the tests for basilar skull fracture?

What are the tests for basilar skull fracture?

CT scan: Ct scan of the brain is the best analysis for basilar skull fracture.
The bone windows supplied with the ct scan are where we find the fractures of the base of the skull. If we need more detailed images, we have fine-cut ct's of the skull performed. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to school with a skull fracture?

Yes if there no: Complications and the initial period of observation past without any problem. No sport activities. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a basilar skull fracture.?

Describe the features of a basilar skull fracture.?

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

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What are the consequences of my kid having basilar skull fracture?

What are the consequences of my kid having basilar skull fracture?

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

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What are the symptoms of basilar skull fracture I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of basilar skull fracture I should be looking for?

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

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