The Skull

Large portions of the skull have the same name as the underlying lobes of the brain. Thus, the frontal bone of the skull overlies the frontal lobe of the brain, the occipital bone overlies the occipital lobe of the brain. Fractures of the skull can lead to bleeding in or around the brain. An animation of a temporal skull fracture causing bleeding over the temporal lobe of the brain is shown.

Parts of the Skull

Image of <q>Exploded Skull</q> labeled. Cerebellar hemisphere with the above 3 areas labeled.

Temporal Skull Fracture Causing Bleeding

The animation shows the formation of an Epidural Hematoma after a skull fracture. The fractured bone tears the underlying vessel causing a hemorrhage which is putting pressure on the underlying brain.