Patient: How to treat skull fractures?
Doctor: The treatment of skull fractures depends on the type of fracture. Skull fractures are divided into linear and depressed fractures as well as open or closed fractures. Linear fractures do not require any specific treatment and need only to be observed. Depressed fractures may require surgery depending the size and level of depression. Open skull fractures are those associated with a laceration (cut) in the scalp. These are treated with a course of antibiotics and careful observation. Closed skull fractures have no associated lacerations and do not require any medical intervention apart form observation. Treatment of any associated brain injury takes precedence over a skull fracture.