Posted by: Rosa | 2011/05/24


dent in forehead

Hi Dr

My son is 4, about a year ago he fell from a chair standing at the creche, now we all know children fall bruise their legs and bump their heads, we don''t always think much about it except in severe cases and symptoms which he never had, no vomiting pupils seemed normal nothing to stress about BUT it''s almost a year later and there is still n visible dent in is forehead not very big about as big as a 10 or 20c coin and also the colour at times seems like its blue or grey. The dent is more visible when he smiles. I have tried reading up about this and I came across some scary stories like bone cancer. Dr is it at all possible that a fall can trigger something like that, should I have it checked out, is it too late to have it checked out?

I feel terrible for not taking him and having it checked out when he had the fall, as he never showed any serious symptoms.

Thanks doc, for alwats giving the best advice.

Expert's Reply



Thank you.Your son seems to have had what is known as a small 'depressed fracture' of his forehead as a result of his fall. He also probably had some slight bleeding into the fracture site which formed a small 'haematoma' causing the blueish colour which takes a very long time to be absorbed and disappear.He seems to be perfectly well but you now are concerned about the small, but obvious dent in his forehead.He is very young and it may not be possible to correct this small dent now, but it would be worthwhile to ask a plastic surgeon to see him and to give an opinion on the way forward from here.

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