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Causes and Risk Factors of Skull Fractures

Causes and Risk Factors

Fractures occur when there is more force applied to the bone than the bone can absorb. Skull fractures can occur from falls, sports, motor vehicle accidents or direct blows to the head or body.

Children and adults can sustain skull fractures, but there are important differences between the bones of children compared with those of adults.

  • A child’s bone heals much faster than an adult’s bone. The younger the child, the faster the healing occurs.
  • Bones are softer among children than adults and tend to buckle or bend rather than completely break.

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