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Cracked Skull Symptoms

Symptoms of a skull fracture may include:


A fracture to the base of the brain, called a basilar skull fracture, may cause additional symptoms.

Additional symptoms of a basilar skull fracture include:

A skull fracture may occur with an injury to the brain.

Symptoms of a minor brain injury include:

Symptoms of a serious brain injury include:

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cracked Skull References
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