Signature skull fracture - spade injury

Case contributed by Dr Nafisa Shakir Batta


Young male hit on the head with a spade.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

A large fracture with depressed fragments insinuating the brain parenchyma, fracture traverses the right parietal bone, extends through left parietal vault extending up-to the left mastoid. The fracture line mimics the shape of the weapon used, in this case a spade.

Intraparenchymal, subarachnoid, subdural and intraventricular hemorrhage is evident.

Case Discussion

Signature skull fracture, size and shape conforms to the weapon used, in this case a spade.

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Case information

rID: 38893
Published: 10th Aug 2015
Last edited: 13th Oct 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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