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Can having an internal head injury (skull fracture) cause behavior problems in children?

Can having an internal head injury (skull fracture) cause behavior problems in children?

Yes: If a child had a skull fracture, they may have had an internal bleed as well or a shearing injury or other brain injury. Behavioral problems can occur after any serious head injury. Seek help from a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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What does it mean to have basilar skull fracture? My aunt wants to know.

What does it mean to have basilar skull fracture? My aunt wants to know.

Skull base fracture: A basilar skull fracture is a fracture at the base of the skull. It can be associated with "raccoon eyes, " blood behind the ear drum or behind the ear. There can be a leakage of cerebrospinal fluid and the possibility of infection travelling in to cause meningitis. There can also be associated damage to nerves or blood vessels as they travel through the bone of the skull base. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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What's the most effective way to treat basilar skull fracture?

What's the most effective way to treat basilar skull fracture?

Carefully: Immediate evaluation in an er to prevent brain damage.Please see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve. ...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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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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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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How long should you avoid alcohol after having an occipital skull fracture?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more