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Is it possible to get punched on the head and get a bruise and die like days or weeks later?
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David Miller
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In brief: A bit more than that
A serious blow to the temple that results in a skull fracture can lacerate the middle meningeal artery and cause an epidural hematoma.
This is a neurosurgical emergency that must be evaluated and treated promptly or a person can slip into a coma and die. A slower subdural hematoma can cause issues as well. Any head trauma with changes in mental status should be evaluated promptly.

In brief: A bit more than that
A serious blow to the temple that results in a skull fracture can lacerate the middle meningeal artery and cause an epidural hematoma.
This is a neurosurgical emergency that must be evaluated and treated promptly or a person can slip into a coma and die. A slower subdural hematoma can cause issues as well. Any head trauma with changes in mental status should be evaluated promptly.
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
You've probably read about boxers with head injuries who have died days later. Sometimes the brain damage is so significant and the trauma so overwhelming, that we don't have ways to keep them from dying. Sometimes they have internal arterial injuries that make the artery dissect and cause strokes. There are many ways to die from head injury.
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