Transcranial stab wounds are uncommon. Three such cases are presented. The severity of the wounds may vary from innocuous to devastating. Skull films are useful in delineating the depth of penetration. The presence of the knife blade in situ may make the computed tomographic scan impossible to perform or difficult to interpret. Cerebral angiography may be indicated if injury to a major cerebral vessel is suspected or if the patient suffers a delayed subarachnoid or intracerebral hemorrhage. Provided that the patient's clinical status indicates a positive prognosis, transcranial stab wounds should be explored surgically. The weapon should be removed in the operating room immediately before or at the time of operation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology