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Temporal Fracture Overview

Another name for Temporal Fracture is Skull Fracture.

What is a skull fracture?
A person with a skull fracture has broken one of the bones that make up the skull. A broken bone located at the base of the skull is called a basilar skull fracture. About 1 out of 6500 people suffer a skull fracture in the US each year.

What are the symptoms of a skull fracture?
Symptoms of a skull fracture may include scalp swelling, scalp bruising, a scalp wound, headache, nausea, or vomiting. In someone with a severe skull fracture, symptoms may also include a deformed skull. Symptoms of a brain injury include loss of consciousness, seizure, or coma.

How does the doctor treat a skull fracture?
Treatment for a skull fracture may include wound care, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for an injury to the brain may require corticosteroid medications, medications for seizures, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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