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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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My 16 year old son is a wrestler for his HS team (heavyweight) and was diagnosed by the team doctor as having a bruised sternum after he experienced c?

My 16 year old son is a wrestler for his HS team (heavyweight) and was diagnosed by the team doctor as having a bruised sternum after he experienced c?

Bruised sternum: the sternum is the bone connecting the ribs in front. Injuries such as a fracture of the sternum are painful. Bruising of the muscle attached to the ribs can cause pain andtake tome to heal. If pain persists your son may neef to hold off on wrestling until recovery. ...Read more

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I don't know if I bruised sternum, fractured or dislocated. ..been 2 days no sign of bruise. pain is traveling and excruciating even with opiates, mot?

I don't know if I bruised sternum, fractured or dislocated. ..been 2 days no sign of bruise. pain is traveling and excruciating even with opiates, mot?

Pain: Why are you on opiates? Were you seen by a doctor when your pain started? was this after trauma? were x-rays taken? why don't you know what has happened to your sternum? We can't offer you any answers since you have shared no information, not even your age, let alone medical or medication history. Consult your physician for evaluation and management of your pain. unlikely broken if no bruise. ...Read more

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Randomly feel a mild bruising pain on my sternum. No other systems, but had it for about a month, pain his lessened over time. Curious what it is?

Randomly feel a mild bruising pain on my sternum. No other systems, but had it for about a month, pain his lessened over time. Curious what it is?

Costochondritis: I cannot make a diagnosis without having examined you or taken a complete history. Usually pain like that in a younger person is inflammation of the costochondral joint but you really should see a doctor so that you can be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Had piece of metal jabbed into sternum 36h ago. Severe pain while laying down mostly. Didnt break skin. Small yellowing bruise now. No ins. Advice?

Had piece of metal jabbed into sternum 36h ago. Severe pain while laying down mostly. Didnt break skin. Small yellowing bruise now. No ins. Advice?

Blunt chest injury: Blunt chest injury can bruise the soft organs within yourchest particularly the lungs and heart. I'd you are having difficulty breathing or having more chest pain than just the site of the injury, you should get checked out. ...Read more

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Tenderness first for a week or so. Now a bruise the size of a dime in the same location on the lower right (my right) on the sternum. Hurts.

Tenderness first for a week or so. Now a bruise the size of a dime in the same location on the lower right (my right) on the sternum. Hurts.

Bruise: It sounds like you may have bumped the sternum in some way and first it was sore and now it has developed a bruise. If so then the pain and bruising should resolve soon. If it is not completely better in another week or two then you should see your doctor ...Read more

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Mon I passed out in hospital where I am treated for migraines. Sternum rub really painful,tried lidocain patch. Now feels burned and so sore bruised.

Mon I passed out in hospital where I am treated for migraines. Sternum rub really painful,tried lidocain patch. Now feels burned and so sore bruised.

Trauma?: Costochondritis is a painful condition that can develop after a trauma affecting the cartilage joints of the chest. Anti-inflammatory medication (if you tolerate them) help. If that is not enough, see a doctor specifically for this, but there is more that can be done. Other medications, physical therapy work well. But costochondritis usually goes away after a while, even untreated. ...Read more

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Hard, painful (feels like a big bruise) lump in between breasts - seemingly on sternum. Does not move. 2-3in from clavicle. Should i get this checked?

Hard, painful (feels like a big bruise) lump in between breasts - seemingly on sternum. Does not move. 2-3in from clavicle. Should i get this checked?

Yes: Truly this hard, painful lump on your sternum could possibly be a hematoma (bruise). However, you would likely remember any trauma that may have caused such a lump. Without any recent trauma to the chest wall, i recommend having it checked asap. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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