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Soft tissue swelling and acute skull fractures

Authors
Journal
The Journal of Pediatrics
0022-3476
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
121
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3476(05)81904-3
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

To determine whether soft tissue swelling, as identified by computed tomography, invariably accompanies acute calvarial fracture, the computed tomography scans of 35 children aged 3 months to 8 years with acute skull fractures were evaluated. Bone window settings revealed at least 4 mm of soft tissue swelling in all instances. We conclude that a skull fracture without overlying soft tissue swelling demonstrable by computed tomography is probably inconsistent with an acute injury.

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