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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. Ronald Krauser
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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 to get the health care to acknoweledge I have a csf leak from the basilar skull fracture I suffered with?

How to get the health care to acknoweledge I have a csf leak from the basilar skull fracture I suffered with?

????: This is a hard, or impossible question to answer. Has it been established that you have this, or are you assuming this but have been told you don't have this??? This is extremely rare, and is diagnosed by sx of head pain when standing. ...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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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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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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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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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 is the definition or description of: basilar skull fracture?

What is the definition or description of: basilar skull fracture?

Fractured skull: 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 with spinal fluid leak ...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 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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What sign is commonly observed in a person with a basilar skull fracture?

What sign is commonly observed in a person with a basilar skull fracture?

Blood under the skin: When the base of the skull breaks, the force required will cause some bleeding. This blood can track to a nearby surface, under the skin. The most likely areas are underneath the eyes in the soft tissue of the lids, and behind the ear-on the falt surface of the mastoid bone. You can also leak fluid for mthe nose or ear, if the brain covering is torn. ...Read more

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My fiance has basilar skull fracture and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

My fiance has basilar skull fracture and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

Mabye: He should get immediate attention in an er. The dr there can best judge what impact this will have on him [and your relationship]. ...Read more

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Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.

Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.

Often not: But our design is protective here.The forehead in toddlers is thicker than other parts of the skull and if he shows no signs of altered behavior nor illness it is probably O.K. Make his brother stop roughing him up. ...Read more

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Can a person have a subdural hematoma or skull fracture for a month with only symptoms being side headache and back head pain? Got black eye month ago

Can a person have a subdural hematoma or skull fracture for a month with only symptoms being side headache and back head pain? Got black eye month ago

Yes: Yes, in part because the mental status of the person, and therefore their ability to report pain, may be altered as well. There is also a condition known as a delayed subdural hematoma which can occur after the original injury. Don't hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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What foods can help skull fracture heal?

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?

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?

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

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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