Why could a crushing injury to the occipital bone often be fatal?

Brain damage. The occipital bone is one of the bones of the skull, located in the back of the head. It is overlying structures in the brain (like the brainstem) that are critical to life. If those areas of the brain are damaged by a crushing injury to the occipital bone, the patient could die.

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Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Sensitive are. The occipital bone houses the exit of the medulla, which controls functions like breathing & hear rate. It also protects the cerebellum, which coordinates motor function, as well as the visual cortex.. Hemorrhage or crush in these area has a high chance of causing major, irreversible brain injury. They are tight spaces in the brain and do not tolerate swelling/injury etc. Read more...