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2 days post-op breast aug- is it ok to have a large bruise above my sternum(deep blue, red slightly raised splotches)? Still in lots of pain. Thanks

2 days post-op breast aug- is it ok to have a large bruise above my sternum(deep blue, red slightly raised splotches)? Still in lots of pain. Thanks

Call your surgeon: While I am happy to participate in health tap and be able to answer general plastic surgery questions, there are often questions here that start "i am so many days post op and ..." as a surgeon, i would much rather my patients call me with a question they think may be "stupid" and it turn out to be nothing rather than miss a significant complication because they posted it online. Call the doctor. ...Read more

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Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Momentary pain in center breastbone area 5-7 times a day, triggered by lifting or arm exertion. Feels like pressing on a bruise on mid-center sternum.

Momentary pain in center breastbone area 5-7 times a day, triggered by lifting or arm exertion. Feels like pressing on a bruise on mid-center sternum.

Chest Wall Pain: From your description it seems your pain is musculoskeletal limited to chest wall.You can try Ibuprofen or Naprosyn (naproxen) etc if you are not allergic or have stomach ulcer If no better consult your Doctor ...Read more

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I bruised my sternum knocking the wind out of me.Now a round lump is in the center of sternum . Also bruising suddenly reappeared today.?

I bruised my sternum knocking the wind out of me.Now a round lump is in the center of sternum . Also bruising suddenly reappeared today.?

Hematoma: You have devekoped a hematoma due to the blunt trauma. As long as you do not have bleeding disorders or take any blood thinners, nature should take care of it. An xray chest might be good to get. Apply ice. ...Read more

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What should I do to heal a bruised sternum?

What should I do to heal a bruised sternum?

SImple means: With injury to our tissues, inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness) occurs. There is leakage of blood from damaged capillaries and veins which collects under the skin and causes the purple blue coloring we call a bruise. Over time, damaged tissues heal and blood collections are reabsorbed. Protect the area to promote fastest healing. Motrin/advil will help. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more