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Question: When does a head injury require a trip to the er?

 sassytink - Sat May 30, 2009 10:59 pm

I was cleaning and banged my head extremely hard on a ceiling beam. This happened about an hour ago and it is still sore, even after applying ice. It is the left side of the scalp. I have a lump. Would I know if it were more than just a typical bump (bleeding underneath skull)? Please let me know. I have a worried 11 year old son. Thanks!!
 Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:32 pm

Hello Melissa,

Your injury has most likely resolved by now, but the general rules for need of evaulation with head injuries are any changes in alertness/awareness, severe headache, unequal pupils, altered consiousness, altered motor skills or unrelenting pain. It is always best to be safe rather than sorry, and if an injury is causing any symptoms, it should be evaluated. Sports injuries have shown that "minor" head injuries can be deadly.

Your son sounds like a bright young man. I hope this information helps.

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