Dealing with head injuries is a scary experience even for bystanders, and especially in high-tension and panic situations like a car crash. However, quick-thinking might serve as the best – or even only – way to get necessary medical help.
Thus, it aids you to understand what to look for in the event of identifying fractured bones. In particular, fractured skulls can end up doing a lot of damage, so you should know how to visually set them apart from other forms of head injury.
Signs of a fractured skull
Merck Manual examines the ways you can identify a fractured skull. First, the onset of symptoms often occurs at a much faster rate compared to impact injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI) through a concussion. You will likely notice extreme neurological symptoms within minutes, or even seconds, that can include:
- Repeated vomiting
- Partial or full paralysis of some or all limbs
- Lack of recognition of surroundings or people
- Full body paralysis
Damage from cuts and concussion
This damage often stems from the fact that a fracture requires extreme concussive force, which can severely knock the brain into the inside of the skull and result in massive bruising or even bleeding and hemorrhaging.
On top of that, you risk cutting the soft brain tissue with bits of bone that may dislodge due to the force of the fracture. Sometimes, pieces of bone can even end up embedded in the brain itself, further contributing to the damage done to it.
If you notice these signs, it is important to get immediate medical attention for the victim. This serves as the best and only way to lower the chance of the victim suffering from long-term brain damage.