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Doctor insights on: Skull Injuries In Children

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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How can you prevent skull injuries during extreme sports?

How can you prevent skull injuries during extreme sports?

Skull injuries: A helmet is the best start but in extreme sports even helmets might not help due to the nature of the high impact injuries. ...Read more

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How long does a skull take to re-grow if you've had a skull injury?

How long does a skull take to re-grow if you've had a skull injury?

Depends: A simple nondisplaced (hairline) fracture may be fully healed in a few weeks. More complex, displaced fractures take longer, and sometimes may require surgery. It's important to stay away from contact sports or activities with a high risk of falling until x-rays or ct show complete healing. ...Read more

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Could an old skull injury cause current headaches and other symptoms?

Could an old skull injury cause current headaches and other symptoms?

Yes it can: Posttraumatic headaches can be either tension headaches or migraines and any injury where the skull was actually injured can cause these types of headaches. Postural changes related to aging can cause delayed start of these post-traumatic headaches as well. ...Read more

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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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Why is it that I get permanent lumps on my skull after injuries!?

Why is it that I get permanent lumps on my skull after injuries!?

Cause: When you have an injury to buy the skull bone or near any bone you can get formation of a hard calcium deposit as it heals causing as hard lump ...Read more

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What causes skull and neck pain no injuries?

What causes skull and neck pain no injuries?

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and/or shoulder pain. ...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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Very tiny piece of my skull upon my left eyebrow was removed after an injury last November. How long till this space fills, I've been recovering well?

Very tiny piece of my skull upon my left eyebrow was removed after an injury last November. How long till this space fills, I've been recovering well?

Skull defect: A small skull defect from trauma or surgery does not cause any problem. It may not EVER fill in, but it shouldn't matter! I tell my patients that a bony defect smaller than the eye is not dangerous to them. If you are bothered by it or it is cosmetically unattractive, see a neurosurgeon who can repair the defect with a type of plastic, bone material or titanium in a procedure called cranioplasty. ...Read more

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How could these collective injuries (fractured skull, arms, pelvis etc) be assessed and treated by doctors?

ATLS: Trauma surgeons use a system for evaluating the multiply injured patient. We teach it in Advanced Trauma Life Support. We deal with the crucial areas of airway, breathing and hemorrhage control first. Then systematically examine the patient. We determine if surgery is needed and what other specialists are required. We use all sorts of neat tools to do this. ...Read more

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5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection. ... Concern?

5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection. ... Concern?

Likely lymph node: There are chains of lymph nodes along the neck including at the base of the skull. They can become enlarged with any infection on the scalp, face, or ears... Often they can persist for a while after the infection resolves. If it is still there the next time you see your pediatrician, ask him/her to take a look at it, but most likely it will resolve over the next few weeks. ...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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I have a hard large and painful lump on the lower left backside of my skull. I have has no head injuries what could this be?

I have a hard large and painful lump on the lower left backside of my skull. I have has no head injuries what could this be?

Lump: Could be a boil or cyst. Could be a lymph node or other growth. Usually something painful should be checked to get the right diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have swelling on one side of my posterior skull. I had a head injury many years back. I had c-t scan also. Can this swelling develop into tumor?

I have swelling on one side of my posterior skull. I had a head injury many years back. I had c-t scan also. Can this swelling develop into tumor?

Sounds unlikely: Soft tissue swelling doesn't usually develop into a malignancy but need to know why you have the swelling. Is it new?
You should be examined carefully. ...Read more

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I've had a head injury before on the right side of my skull, Why does my head hurt & gets numb when I don't wash my hair every 2days?

I've had a head injury before on the right side of my skull, Why does my head hurt & gets numb when I don't wash my hair every 2days?

Many headache types: There are many headache types. In those individuals with previous head trauma, headaches are not uncommon. Some examples include migraines, tension headaches, muscle contraction headaches. Discuss with your primary care provider to see if he/she thinks that you need to be referred to a neurologist. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/headache. Html ...Read more

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No injury. Pain in base of skull on left side. Feels like a ball of pain. Sore to touch sore to lay on. Ibpro was no help neither heat or ice.

No injury. Pain in base of skull on left side. Feels like a ball of pain. Sore to touch sore to lay on. Ibpro was no help neither heat or ice.

More info: It sounds as if you are having a serious pain issue that could have a serious cause. I see you have had a ct scan and cystectomy in the past. Were these related to this pain syndrome or was that a different issue? You also list anxiety and eye pain as conditions that you have/have had, are you having these symptoms now; and if so, do you think they are related? A complex case may need a specialist. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain behind the ear on my skull happend a year ago I had concussion have had no other head injury since

Sprain: If your injury was severe enough to cause a head injury, it is likely you injured the ligaments between your head and your neck. The mucles of the neck attatch to the bones of the head and can be very painful until healed. A year is sufficient time to heal this pain with the physical therapy you have probobly undergone. See a physiatrist for more help. Consider prolotherapy injections. ...Read more

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Could a brain injury from 4yrs ago effect me today in balance. Vertigo memory insomnia I suffer from this from such a issue. Skull was fractured?

Could a brain injury from 4yrs ago effect me today in balance. Vertigo memory insomnia I suffer from this from such a issue. Skull was fractured?

Neurologist: Yes. Depending on what areas of the brain were injured it can cause differing sequella. Please see a neurologist if you have not done so in recent hx. ...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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Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck, shoulder, hands, back and leg?

Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck, shoulder, hands, back and leg?

Yes: The distribution of your pain may be due to either injury to the brain but also to the cervical spine. A MVA can certainly be responsible for an injury to the spinal cord high up in the neck. This area is the location of nerve fibers that arise from the areas that you mentioned.
See either a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon or neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a one year old to vomit several times after hitting her head and not have a brain injury/skull fracture/concussion? No CT scan

Is it possible for a one year old to vomit several times after hitting her head and not have a brain injury/skull fracture/concussion? No CT scan

Closed head injury: Vomiting tends to be more common in children following a head injury compared to adults. Depending on the severity of head injury the frequency of vomiting varies. Most head injuries from "hitting a head" do not lead to skull fracture or bleeding inside the head. CT is often not necessary. If the child vomits more than 3 times and/or there are other symptoms or signs then an evaluation is needed ...Read more

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My husbend was thrown with a large brik on his head he had sirgery for scull frukture and is now diagnosed with deabetes can it be from the injery?

My husbend was thrown with a large brik on his head he had sirgery for scull frukture and is now diagnosed with deabetes can it be from the injery?

See below: If you mean diabetes insipidus, then yes. The usual diabetes that we all talk about is diabetes mellitus - that is different - that has to do with sugar & insulin. Diabetes insipidus deals with water balance in the body. Anti-diuretic hormone is made in the posterior pituitary gland in the brain & helps manage this water balance. Depending on the type & location of brain injury, di can develop. ...Read more

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