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Do skull fractures require surgery?
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Dr. Edison McDaniels
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not
Most skull fractures will not need surgery & will heal over time (a month or two).
Very occasionally, we will have to operate for 1 of several problems that can be assoc w/ them: acute bleeding, in-driven bone, & CSF leak are the 3 most frequent (although most CSF leaks heal w/o surgery too). A skull fracture should be under the care of a doctor of course, but most (not all) heal w/ min problems

In brief: Usually not
Most skull fractures will not need surgery & will heal over time (a month or two).
Very occasionally, we will have to operate for 1 of several problems that can be assoc w/ them: acute bleeding, in-driven bone, & CSF leak are the 3 most frequent (although most CSF leaks heal w/o surgery too). A skull fracture should be under the care of a doctor of course, but most (not all) heal w/ min problems
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Depends
The answer depends on the kind of skull fracture.
If the skull is depressed, that is broken in towards the brain, then it can press on the brain and cause problems. Any fracture should be followed up by a physician or other healthcare provider to make sure there are no late complications such as bleeding.

In brief: Depends
The answer depends on the kind of skull fracture.
If the skull is depressed, that is broken in towards the brain, then it can press on the brain and cause problems. Any fracture should be followed up by a physician or other healthcare provider to make sure there are no late complications such as bleeding.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine
In brief: Head injury
Since there a chance for internal bleeding into brain, they need to be checked and observed, if bleeding happens people need an emergency surgery.

In brief: Head injury
Since there a chance for internal bleeding into brain, they need to be checked and observed, if bleeding happens people need an emergency surgery.
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