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Doctor insights on: Skull Injuries In Children

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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