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Basal skull fracture
(Science: orthopaedics) a fracture involving the base of the cranium.
this fracture is often difficult to detect clinically. Findings may include raccoon eyes, battles sign, haemotympanum and cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhoea.
plain skull x-ray will often not reveal the basal skull fracture, making a ct scan or mri the most reliable diagnostic investigation.
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