open skull fracture

(redirected from compound skull fracture)

o·pen skull frac·ture

a fracture with laceration of overlying scalp and/or mucous membrane.

open skull fracture

A fracture of the skull in which the outside environment is in contact with cranial cavity and generally accompanied by laceration of the scalp and caving of the meninges.
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Manning said, revealed the lad died of a double compound skull fracture, the result of being thrown from a horse.
Paul was strangled, Dawn had her throat cut, while Samantha died of a compound skull fracture.
Andrew Algie, 31, was recovering in hospital in Fort William last night with a compound skull fracture.
Paul was strangled, Dawn had her throat cut, and Samantha died from a compound skull fracture.
He said that had the hospital done so, a compound skull fracture would have been detected and there would have been earlier referral for neurosurgery.