Depressed skull fracture

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Overseas construction worker. Fall with head injury.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Depressed skull fracture.

Modality: CT

Depressed left frontal bone skull fracture extending into the frontal sinus.

Small amount of resultant intracranial air.

No haemorrhage.

Case Discussion

Head trauma is common. CT plays a key first line role. Skull radiographs are no longer indicated in adults, but may be obtained occasionally. Intracranial haemorrhage, extra-axial collections and fractures are the main findings to assess for on CT. A small proportion of skull fractures are depressed in nature.

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Case Information

rID: 29473
Case created: 28th May 2014
Last edited: 21st Aug 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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