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Skull fracture

  • Alternative Names

    Basilar skull fracture; Depressed skull fracture; Linear skull fracture


    Symptoms
    • Bleeding from wound, ears, nose, or around eyes
    • Bruising behind the ears or under the eyes
    • Changes in pupils (sizes unequal, not reactive to light)
    • Confusion
    • Convulsions
    • Difficulties with balance
    • Drainage of clear or bloody fluid from ears or nose
    • Drowsiness
    • Headache
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Nausea
    • Restlessness, irritability
    • Slurred speech
    • Stiff neck
    • Swelling
    • Visual disturbances
    • Vomiting

    Note: The only symptom may be a bump on the head. A bump or bruise may take up to 24 hours to develop.