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An unusual case of a compound depressed skull fracture after an assault with a stiletto heel
  1. G Stables,
  2. G Quigley,
  3. S Basu,
  4. R Pillay
  1. Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr Gavin Quigley
 Department of Neurosurgery, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool L9 7LJ, UK;


Compound depressed skull fractures occur commonly from assault with various sharp and blunt objects. The use of a stiletto heeled shoe as an offensive weapon has not been reported before as a cause of such an injury. However unusual the history of assault, a clear picture of the mechanism of the injury is vital. Patients with scalp lacerations following a direct blow to the head must be evaluated thoroughly. Early investigation and treatment are necessary to reduce the risk of complications, as illustrated by this case.

  • skull fracture
  • stiletto heel

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