A skull fracture is a fracture or break in the bone structure surrounding the brain. Such an injury may occur as the result of a severe impact or blow to the head which can damage the brain tissue and cause bleeding and blood clots called hematomas .
Fortunately, not all skull fractures cause serious brain injury because the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that occupies the ventricular system and subarachnoid space in and around the brain protects the brain. The muscles and fascia of the scalp also cushion the brain. Most skull fractures can be diagnosed with CT scans and do not require surgery.
Linear skull fractures are frequently caused by low-energy, blunt trauma across a broad area of the skull. Such a fracture passes through the full thickness of the skull. It does not splinter, depress, or distort the skull bone. Unless it interrupts a vascular channel, venous sinus groove, or a suture, a linear skull fracture is usually not serious.
Basilar skull fractures are a type of linear skull fracture. They include temporal bone fractures, occipital condylar fractures, or clivus fractures and are often associated with the high-energy impacts of major motor vehicle accidents. Basilar skull fractures can be very serious and debilitating.
A powerful blow from a blunt object to a small part of the skull can cause depressed skull fractures. The cranial bone breaks, and one or more piece of bone may push inward on the brain itself. Most depressed fractures are open fractures. This means one of two things, there is a skin laceration at the fracture site or the fracture continues through the paranasal sinuses and the structures of the middle ear to the outside of the body. A depressed fracture occasionally requires surgery to remove foreign matter, to excise dead tissue, and/or to repair other damage.
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