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How serious is a fractured skull?

Skull base fractures are very serious as they can fracture through areas where nerves or arteries/veins enter/exit. These can also cause spinal fluid to leak. Depressed skull fractures are serious as they can damage underlying brain tissue as well as communicate with the skin causing infection.

What are the complications of a skull fracture? Most of the complications come as a result of the fracture location. While symptoms such as pain, headache, and bleeding are common with a traumatic injury to the skull, serious complications include intracranial bleeding, trouble seeing or hearing, and potential brain damage if the force is severe.

What are the symptoms of a skull fracture? If the injured person is vomiting, while stabilizing his neck and head, one should turn him to his side. Symptoms. Common symptoms of skull fracture include swelling, neck-stiffness, bleeding, changes in pupils, bruising, nausea, sleepiness, blurred speech, etc.

What are signs that a head injury is serious? The people checking on you should take you to an emergency department right away if you have: Headache that gets worse and does not go away. Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination. Repeated vomiting or nausea. Slurred speech. Look very drowsy or cannot wake up. Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other. Have convulsions or seizures. Cannot recognize people or places.

What are the symptoms of a cracked skull? The skull can have a linear crack, or in pieces, or depressed, or sunken down. Signs are swelling of the scalp, bruising under scalp, bruising behind ear or around eyes.

Can skull fracture kill you?

Can skull fracture kill you? Skull fractures are usually not fatal but it depends on the severity of the fracture also. If the fracture of the skull is deeper you might have internal bleeding and you can get sever damage to your brain.

Which type of skull fracture is the most serious? A basilar skull fracture is the most serious type of skull fracture. It is a break in the bone in the back of the head and at the bottom of the skull. It can cause bruises around the eyes and behind the ears. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear liquid that surrounds and cushions the brain and might drain from the nose with this type of fracture.

What are side effects of a skull fracture? Changes in size of pupils. Clear or bloody fluid draining from the nose, mouth, or ears. Convulsions. Distorted facial features. Facial bruising. Fracture in the skull or face. Impaired hearing, smell, taste, or vision. Inability to move one or more limbs.

Can a skull fracture heal itself? Overall, most skull fractures heal on their own and don’t need surgery as long as there aren’t associated injuries to other structures such as the brain. They heal over time, usually over six weeks.