TEST QUESTION: Bruising Behind Ears After Car Accident

CORRECT ANSWER:
D) Battle’s sign (click here to see battle sign picture)

 


EXPLAINATION FOR ANSWER:

 

This is also called mastoid ecchymosis. This involves bruising over the mastoid process (behind the ears). It usually indicates basilar skull fracture. This is a medical emergency. Additional sign/symptoms/assessment finds that may indicate skull fracture: recent trauma with raccoon eyes, clear otorrhea (drainage exiting the ears) or rhinorrhea, bleeding from nose/ears

OTHER ANSWERS:
A) Fox’s sign (bruising is seen over the inguinal ligament): hemorrhagic pancreatitis.
B) Dahl’s sign-COPD.
C) Brudzinski’s sign-meningitis

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