Open Skull Fracture
An open skull fracture is a medical condition where part of the scalp is broken and torn.
An individual can fracture his or her skull by experiencing direct trauma to the head, such as being in a car accident, enduring a sports injury or by a gunshot.
An open skull fracture is a very serious condition that can result in dangerous and deadly symptoms. An individual may experience increased pressure on the brain, blood in the ears and paralysis of the limbs.
To treat an open skull fracture, emergency help must be called upon immediately. The first step taken by emergency personnel will be to stabilize the neck and spine by strapping the victim to a backboard. Then, he or she will be taken to the hospital where the doctor will decide what surgical procedures are needed, depending on the type and location of the injury. The broken bones may be in need of repair and holes may need to be drilled in the skull to relieve pressure on the brain.