Penetrating head injury

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

Presentation

Stabbing.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
Modality: CT

Comminuted and depressed right skull fracture with associated thin acute subdural haematoma and small parenchymal haematoma. Few locules of intracranial gas. 

Case Discussion

Penetrating head injuries have a worse injury than closed head injuries, with non-missile (i.e. stabbing using various instruments) being less common than missile (i.e. gunshot) penetrating head injuries. The squamous temporal bone, orbit, and anterior cranial fossa floor are relatively weaker areas of the skull and intracranial stabbing injuries are common at these locations. 

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Case Information

rID: 46362
Case created: 2nd Jul 2016
Last edited: 4th Jul 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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