Skull Fractures

Linear Skull Fracture

left temporal linear skull fracture

Direct trauma to the skull may result in a skull fracture just like any other bone. A linear skull fracture is a relatively common type of skull fracture. Most of these fractures will heal on their own. Young children need to be followed more closely to be sure the fracture heals properly with growth. When a fracture overlies a blood vessel, bleeding may occur and put pressure on the brain. See Epidural Hematoma for an example of this.

OTHER COMMON TYPES of skull fractures include diastatic skull fractures (a separation of the suture lines of the skull) and depressed skull fractures (where the bone is pushed inward).