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Diagnosis & Treatment of a Skull Fracture

by Claire Ward

A fractured skull is not a simple injury; the skull is vital to your health because it protects your brain (a vital organ) from injuries. This is one of the reasons it's dangerous to forgo medical checkup after an auto crash; if you don't seek prompt medical care, your skull fracture may not be diagnosed in time. Here are some of the diagnosis techniques doctors use for skull fractures:

Imaging Techniques

Imaging techniques are diagnostic tools that use different forms of rays that penetrate the soft and hard tissues to reveal the location of fractures, if they are there. There are various forms of imaging techniques that give varying levels of details and cost different prices. Examples include X-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), among others. Note that you may be required to justify your choice of imaging technique, especially if it is relatively expensive compared to other imaging techniques.

Analysis of Symptoms and Observations

Analysis of symptoms is one of the oldest forms of diagnostic techniques. In this case, you just describe your symptoms to the doctor and they use their education and experience to diagnose what you are suffering from. Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate that you have a fractured skull:

  • Bleeding from the head
  • Swelling at the injury site
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability

Electrodiagnostic Techniques

Electrodiagnostic techniques involve the use of electrical signals to scan the body, in this case the skull, to diagnose or detect abnormalities or injuries. Here are some of the common diagnostic techniques used for diagnosing skull fractures:

Electroneurography: Electroneurography involves sending electrical signals through your nerves so that they can detect the damaged areas as well as the extent of the damage. This is useful in severe skull fractures that have affected your nerve cells; it helps your doctor to get a good understanding of the extent of the damage since it may not be directly proportional to the physical damage.

Electromyography (EMG): The body has its own electrical impulses; the nature of the impulses change when you are injured, for example, if you fracture your skin. EMG measures these electrical impulses so that the doctor handling the diagnosis can gauge whether there is a damaged part of your skull.

Any type of head injury is dangerous; it's even worse if a head fracture is suspected. Therefore, if you suspect a fracture or if your head is injured in an accident, head to the nearest walk-in clinic like Milford Hospital to get a diagnosis and treatment.


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!

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