Penetrating head injury

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe



Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Comminuted and depressed right skull fracture with associated thin acute subdural hematoma and small parenchymal hematoma. 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
Published: 4th Jul 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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