FAQ - hematoma
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How long does a hematoma last after having heart catheterization?

I developed a very large hematoma on my upper thigh following a heart catheterization. It has been over three weeks, I have had one blood transfusion and am now on iron supplements. Nothing seems to be helping this thing go away. The doctors checked it and it is not an aneurysm, but I am still worried that it isn't healing quickly enough. Any thoughts?

A hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin. Initially there is no bruising or color. Instead it first appears as a hard lump under the skin. Although the bleeding typically stops with the application of pressure, the bruise (the medical term is echymosis) will last a long time while the blood is resorbed by the body. In fact over time the area of echymosis will increase in size as the blood spreads out under the skin. Typically it will track down the thigh due to the effects of gravity. As the echymosis resolves the color will chnage from black and blue to yellow and green as it slowly fades away. Depending on the size of the original hematoma this can take up to 6 or 8 weeks.  (+ info)

After wisdom teeth extration a week ago, I deveopled a hematoma, any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

My hematoma is located in my right cheeck, and happened 3 days post op. My DDS put me on antibiotics, and told me to follow up with him. It looks horrible and feels even worse. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it and/or make it feel better?

I assume it's a hematoma on the outer cheek, visible to others.

If so, cover it up with some heavy make-up (like Dermablend, it's called corrective make-up) and follow the dentist for the rest.  (+ info)

What is the difference between a toe Hematoma and a toe Melanoma?

I have a black spot on my left toe, inside, and outside the nail itself. I think it's from putting on shoes that are too tight,but I don't know if it's a hematoma or a melanoma (or if it's something else.) Thanks in advance.

Hematoma is a contained collection of blood commonly caused by some trauma. If you have it beneath your toenail, you would likely remember then injury that caused it. They usually get absorbed and disappear in a couple of weeks. A melanoma is a form of skin cancer. On the foot, when it occurs, it can and is often found beneath the toe nail. They continue to grow and can eventually spread if not surgically completely removed. A third possibility, more likely if your over 50 years old, is that it's not blood but rather a fungus under the nail - very common in later years, and it can be treated. If you're below 30, it's likely;y not a melanoma and you could wait a month. If your worries grow, then see a dermatologist (skin physician specialist.)  (+ info)

How to get rid of a LARGE hematoma after Cardiac Catheterization?

My mother had a Cardiac Catherization done due to blood clots. Three days after the Catherization she felt a bump, the size of a grape, on her upper thigh. Two days later the bump grew to the size of a large melon. Any ideas on how to make the hematoma go away? Do you know if it's possible to drain even though she is on blood thinners?

This size of haematoma absolutely needs surgical drainage with possible closure of any possible leak.

You should not delay any more and you should take her straight back to the unit . With the size you described she may very well need a blood transfusion as well.

Best of Luck.  (+ info)

Where can I find an illustration on retroperitoneal hematoma on the web?

I am trying to make a power point presentation on retroperitoneal hematoma. I need an illustration on the same topic for a one time use.

How about this link:  (+ info)

How long does it take for a Large thigh Hematoma to heal?

An ATV fell on my right leg causing a Large hematoma on my thigh. It has been 3 months and the hematoma is still swollen and hard. Do I need to have it drained? Please advise.
An ATV fell on my right leg causing a Large hematoma on my thigh. It has been 3 months and the hematoma is still swollen and hard. Do I need to have it drained? The Doctor advised me to put heat on it every couple hours to help the blood to circulate. Can anyone give me advice?

It sounds like it needs some help to resolve. It is possible that an abscess has formed from the dead tissue, and requires treatment. It should be evaluated by a doctor.  (+ info)

How does it take hematoma to form after surgery?

How does it take hematoma to form after surgery? I had breast reduction surgery April 13th and the next day, I was complaining about burning under my armpit. I was wrapped up like a mummy with bandages, so there was no way for me to check that area. On the following Monday, I was getting dressed and noticed a small bruise in my arm pit. On Tuesday, the pain was so bad, I ripped off all the bandages, saw that the bruise was actually huge and fluid filled. Was the burning in my armpit on the 14th a sign that a hematoma was forming?

Not too sure, have you talked to your doctor about it?  (+ info)

How long does it take for a hematoma to heal?

I got kicked in calf muscle while training and now I have a hematoma. There is an upcoming martial arts tournament 7th August. Would it be healed by then?

A hematoma is a lot like a bruise. They both occur when blood escapes from the vessels and gets into the surrounding area. In the case of a hematoma, the blood pools under the skin.

You just have to wait until your body cleans everything up. I don't think it should take much longer than it takes for a regular contusion to heal.  (+ info)

How serious are the long term effects of a lower leg hematoma?

When I was 16 I fell off of a porch and hit my shin on a concrete step. It ended up forming into a LARGE hematoma from my knee to my ankle. I went to a doctor and they had me on crutches for weeks and just wrapping it and using heat and ice. Well thats been 7 years ago and I get shooting pains and swelling in that area. Could there be any possibility that there are clots left behind or some other serious condition due to the past injury?

i was wondering the same thing i was playing football at school when i was 9 or 10 and someone fell on my thigh and i got a hematoma from it . i do once in a while get shooting pains there it also seems like i have somthing moving in my thigh but i dont know what it is ?? maybe you should get it looked at it again  (+ info)

Is it normal to have some pain when a hematoma is dissolving into your system?

I had a heart cath in September and ended up with a large hematoma that kept me bedridden for a month. It has since been aspirated and is shrinking, but lately I have noticed some soreness around the leg as the hematoma gets smaller. I have been a little more mobile over the last two weeks. It's not excrutiating, just aggrevating. Does this sound normal to anyone out there?

Hematomas are very painful. It well get sore and migrate as it goes away. If you are still having pain you should check with the doctor to make sure it is just a hematoma and not anything further. There are other complications that could cause pain.  (+ info)

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