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A 58-year-old female asked:

Have a history of blood clots in arm,leg,and pulmonary embolism. last night i had a blood draw, today huge hematoma that is painful. possible clot?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 46 years experience
No: A hematoma occurs when blood leaks out of the blood vessel that was punctured. There is a pool of blood in the adjacent tissues and, since blood is irritating, it hurts. Because of your hx, I'm guessing you might be on an anticoagulant ("blood thinner")? If so, it predisposes you to a hematoma. Hematomas hurt but get better on their own. There's no risk of the clot "traveling" anywhere.
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