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Why would a skull fracture at the base of the brain dangerous?

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Dr. David Sherris
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In brief: Nerves

Nerves at the skull base can be damaged and cause permanent disabilities like lost sense of smell.
Additionally the fluid around the brain may leak through the fracture, called a spinal fluid leak. You can get meningitis or a brain abscess from it.

In brief: Nerves

Nerves at the skull base can be damaged and cause permanent disabilities like lost sense of smell.
Additionally the fluid around the brain may leak through the fracture, called a spinal fluid leak. You can get meningitis or a brain abscess from it.
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