Skull fracture - Symptom
Basilar skull fracture; Depressed skull fracture; Linear skull fracture
- Bleeding from wound, ears, nose, or around eyes
- Bruising behind the ears or under the eyes
- Changes in pupils (sizes unequal, not reactive to light)
- Difficulties with balance
- Drainage of clear or bloody fluid from ears or nose
- Loss of consciousness
- Restlessness, irritability
- Slurred speech
- Stiff neck
- Visual disturbances
Note: The only symptom may be a bump on the head. A bump or bruise may take up to 24 hours to develop.
- Reviewed last on: 1/14/2010
- Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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