Skull Fracture Questions & Answers

Updated: Sep 27, 2018
  • Author: Nazer H Qureshi, MD; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

How are skull fractures classified?

What is the difference between a coup and a counter coup injury in skull fractures and how are they diagnosed?

What are the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria for head trauma and skull fracture?

What is included in the management of skull fractures?

What is the anatomy of a skull fracture?

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of skull fracture?

What is the classification of skull fractures?

How are linear skull fractures differentiated from sutures?

What are basilar skull fracture?

What are the subtypes of temporal skull fracture?

What are occipital condylar skull fractures?

What are clival skull fractures?

What are depressed skull fracture?

What is the prevalence of skull fracture?

What causes skull fracture?

What are the signs and symptoms of linear skull fracture?

What are the signs and symptoms of basilar skull fracture?

What factors affect the clinical presentation of depressed skull fracture?

Workup

Which lab studies are performed in the workup of skull fracture?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of skull fracture?

How is a CSF leak identified in a patient with a skull fracture?

Treatment

Which medical therapies are used in the treatment of skull fracture?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of skull fracture?

What is included in preoperative care of patients with skull fracture?

How is surgery performed in the treatment of skull fracture?

What is the surgical treatment of depressed skull fracture over a venous sinus?

What should be the focus of postoperative care following surgery for skull fracture?

What is included in long-term monitoring of skull fracture?

What is the prevalence of concomitant cervical spine injury in patients with skull fracture?

What are complications of linear skull fracture?

What are criteria for early diagnosis of growing skull fracture?

What are complications of basilar skull fracture?

What are complications of depressed skull fracture?

What is the prognosis of skull fracture?

Which skull fracture therapies are controversial?

Guidelines

What are the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria for head trauma and skull fracture?