A skull fracture is a break in the bone of the skull. For most skull fractures, treatment consists of close observation in the hospital and medication to relieve pain during the healing process. However, some skull fractures require surgery.
There are four major types of skull fracture:
Also, a skull fracture can be referred to as either compound or closed. In a compound fracture, bone exits and is visible through the skin, or a deep wound exposes the bone through the skin. In a closed fracture, bone is broken, but the skin is intact.
A compound fracture is considered an emergency. Seek immediate medical attention for this type of fracture.
Other terms used to describe a skull fracture are:
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