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Skull fractures their causes and description of symptoms

Skull fractures are breaks to the top, side or bottom of the scull. A basal skull fracture is a fracture to the base of the scull. A linear skull fracture is a common child injury because the skull is not yet fully developed, and includes cracks to the top or side of the scull. A rock, stick or bat strike can cause a linear skull fracture.

A depressed skull fracture is different. A blunt object causes denting of the skull bone. If the skull is depressed to far, it can cause injury to the brain, bleeding or both. A depression or compression of the bone by less than 1/4 of an inch is considered not to be impacting the brain of an adult, but every skull is different and generalities are dangerous. It is important to consult a doctor to determine the actual injury that may have occurred, even if symptoms are not yet present.

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