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Skull fracture and concussion last week. Now running a fever. Complained of a "funny" salty taste in his mouth last night. Could it be meningitis?

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Dr. James Goodrich
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In brief: Skull fracture

The combination of a fever and a salty taste in the mouth could be a spinal fluid leak from the fracture.
This could be a very serious situation and needs to be evaluate right away by a physician or at least in the er.

In brief: Skull fracture

The combination of a fever and a salty taste in the mouth could be a spinal fluid leak from the fracture.
This could be a very serious situation and needs to be evaluate right away by a physician or at least in the er.
Dr. James Goodrich
Dr. James Goodrich
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In brief: Not yet

If meningitis, will display severe headache, stiff neck, and perhaps fairly high temperature with likely nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and perhaps delirium.
However, this funny taste raises question of cerebro-spinal fluid leak which could be associated with fracture of cribriform plate at base of brain need to assess all of this just to be safe.

In brief: Not yet

If meningitis, will display severe headache, stiff neck, and perhaps fairly high temperature with likely nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and perhaps delirium.
However, this funny taste raises question of cerebro-spinal fluid leak which could be associated with fracture of cribriform plate at base of brain need to assess all of this just to be safe.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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