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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

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 are the consequences of developing basilar skull fracture?

What are the consequences of developing basilar skull fracture?

Basilar skull fx: Basilar skull fracture results from a blow to the back of the head. This causes a concussion, which will usually resolve completely in several weeks. In severe cases it can cause spinal fluid leak, which needs to be surgically repaired. There a few cases which may have permanent loss of smell or vertigo. Over 90% of patients recover without long-term effects. ...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

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What are the signs of a baislar skull fracture?

What are the signs of a baislar skull fracture?

Basilar Skull fxr: The classic signs of a basilar skull fracture include "raccoon eyes" and "battle's sign". Raccoon eyes = dark discoloration around the eyes that, well, gives a raccoon like appearance. Battle's sign is a hematoma (bruising and bulge) behind the ear. Other signs include bloody drainage from the ear with or without cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage from the ear. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of my kid having bronchopneumonia?

What are the consequences of my kid having bronchopneumonia?

Usually no: Bronchopneumonia is most often caused by various virus infections and seldom results in any serious consequence, especially in children. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a fractured skull?

What are the signs of a fractured skull?

Skull fracture: This usually occurs post trauma and is diagnosed by a cat scan of the head. It is not a surgical problem if the fracture is minor and there is no overlying skin laceration. Consult a neurologist or neurosurgeon to review the films. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of my kid having enteritis?

What are the consequences of my kid having enteritis?

Define "enteritis": "enteritis" is a non-specific term that means there is something wrong with your kid's gut. More specifically, the term can be applied to: viral or bacterial gastroenteritis, radiation exposure, eosinophilic disease, tuberculosis involvement, autoimmune problems as with systemic lupus, crohn's disease. If the problem is self-limited worry less than if persistent. Ask doctor for a clear diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are possible side effects of a childhood skull fracture in adulthood?

What are possible side effects of a childhood skull fracture in adulthood?

Almost none: About the only worries for skull fractures in children occur in the first 2-3 years of life and are at the highest risk in the first year or two after injury. These are called post traumatic leptomeningeal cysts. They do not occur in adults. ...Read more

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What are signs of a fractured skull?

Bruising: If the front of the skull isfractured there may be bruises around the eyes. If the back of the skull is fractured, there may be a bruise behind the ear. Clear (tap water like) fluid coming out the nose or ear can be a sign of a fracture of the base of the skull. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a bone fracture in my toe?

What are the signs of a bone fracture in my toe?

Pain and swelling: Pain, swelling, and bruising are signs of a possible fractured toe. ...Read more

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What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

Pain, can't walk: Femoral neck fractures are extremely debilitating. Elders get these fractures commonly and may have the affected leg shorter than the other and/or rotated. The patient will not bear weight on this side. Sometimes these fractures are less obvious, requiring advanced imaging studies (like mri) to detect. In this case, if you give a tap on the heel, sometimes the patient will feel it up in the hip. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a fracture in my forearm?

What are the signs of a fracture in my forearm?

Pain: It is usually very painful and tender to touch, with bruising. Limited mobility of the elbow and wrist, and grip. Sometimes the forearm will be misshapen. It is important to get an x-ray. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

Extensive: Manifestations include dizziness, vertigo, ataxia, visual disturbances such as double vision or tunnel vision, numbness and/or weakness in face/arms/legs, clumsy speech. This is often familial. A higher stroke risk exists with this type. Blood clotting abnormalities may be present predisposing to strokes. ...Read more

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MRI brain find: presence of a persistent trigeminal artery and hypoplasia of the basilar artery? What chances my twin could have this too?

MRI brain find: presence of a persistent trigeminal artery and hypoplasia of the basilar artery? What chances my twin could have this too?

Depends on twin type: If you are in the denticle twin it is very possible your twin could have the same problem. If you are not and identical twin it is not likely. I would speak to your doctor who did the MRI about whether it would be wise for your identical twins do have a similar study. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having a fractured toe?

What are the signs of having a fractured toe?

History of injury : To the toe, swelling, pain, black and blue are some of the signs....A diagnosis is made after reviewing an x-ray. ...Read more

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What are the signs of head injury with a child?

What are the signs of head injury with a child?

Many: Crankiness, sleepiness, agitation, change in appetite, confusion, lapses, seizures can occur. Any change from the norm should prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Hello, I have had a CT scan of my head and neck. I understand most of what is stated below except the "The posterior indicating arteries are hypoplast?

Hello, I have had a CT scan of my head and neck. I understand most of what is stated below except the "The posterior indicating arteries are hypoplast?

Posterior arteries: Perhaps the reference was to the Posterior Communicating Arteries of the base of the brain called the circle of Willis. These smaller arteries connect the larger cerebral arteries and provide collateral circulation in case of blockage in a critical artery. CT scan may not show vasculature clearly and this finding may not be clinically relevant ...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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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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Basilar Skull Fracture (Definition)

A basilar skull fracture is a fracture or break in the bone at the bottom of the skull under the brain. It can be at the front of the head and involve the sinus cavities and orbits, the area in front and next to the ear and the area behind the ear. The fracture is often associated with bilateral "black eyes" and bruising behind the ear and may be associated ...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