A 19-year-old female asked:

Recently broke my femur. had surgery. wondering if when you break a bone, does blood or bone marrow pour into that surrounding area? for example- leg.

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Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Internal bleeding...: can be very significant with a broken bone. This is a primary reason for "reducing" (realigning) and splinting a fracture. Surgery may be needed if the break can't otherwise be stabilized. A broken femur, in particular, can cause massive bleeding into the thigh. Days later the blood may show up as purple, green, or yellow bruises on the skin. Spilled marrow is less of a problem.
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