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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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I have an achy feeling in my ribs and back. My CT scan and blood test came back clear. But, today I have a small bruise on chest. What could it be?

I have an achy feeling in my ribs and back. My CT scan and blood test came back clear. But, today I have a small bruise on chest. What could it be?

Trauma?: Did you do something that may have caused the bruise even a couple of days before? If you cannot remember anything, consider an episode of particularly violent coughing. If none of these seem to ring a bell, you may have a bleeding disorder or a sensitivity to the ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can cause an increase in the bleeding time and make it easy for you to bruise. If it worsens see a doctor. ...Read more

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My mpv levels have raised and are at 12.2 my legs turn purple and temp. Bruise, my chest flushes, but platelet count is normal. What could be wrong?

My mpv levels have raised and are at 12.2 my legs turn purple and temp. Bruise, my chest flushes, but platelet count is normal. What could be wrong?

Go to see MD: I don't think your symptoms have anything to do with the mpv. Since you are worried, you should talk to your parents and go to see you doctor to get checked. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain I have from a bruised chest after a car accident?

How can I relieve the pain I have from a bruised chest after a car accident?

Aspirin: If you can take Aspirin (or ibuprofen), take it 1-3 times every day (if it';s ok with your md) to get rid of the inflammation. ...Read more

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My wife has abad bruise on the chest. Starting to get hard , how recommend treatment. Its been about 36 hours?

My wife has abad bruise on the chest. Starting to get hard , how recommend treatment. Its been about 36 hours?

Hematoma: Your wife has a hematoma of the chest wall. It hardens over several days and may turn black and blue. You can use warm soaks which may help resolution.. ...Read more

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Please bruised feeling in. chest nauseas dizzy weak. feeling?

Please bruised feeling in. chest nauseas dizzy weak. feeling?

Should check heart: A person with bruising aches at the chest or left shoulder can see her doctor to be evaluated. Pains can come from a heart problem (serious!), neck and shoulder muscles, the ribs and their joints, the lungs inside the chest, etc... If one has chest symptoms and has nausea, or some difficulty breathing, or has past heart disease, she may be having a heart attack, and can go to the ER by ambulance. ...Read more

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All over body pain and unexplained bruising. All tests come back normal. The bruises on my chest itches and is painful. What could be wrong?

All over body pain and unexplained bruising. All  tests come back normal. The bruises on my chest itches and is painful. What could be wrong?

We Can Not Guess: We can not guess what could be wrong with you without more detailed history,pysical exam and what tests you have had.And what if any treatment has been recommended by your treating doctor who ordered the tests you state.I will follow up with the doctor or consult a dermatologist for secong opinion ...Read more

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I have a painful bump or bruise in my chest in between my breast?

I have a painful bump or bruise in my chest in between my breast?

Please see: Please see your doctor for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. You probably need a biopsy. ...Read more

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I felt a sharp pain in my heart and after that i started noticing spots like bruises on my chest i'm scared what can it be?

I felt a sharp pain in my heart and after that i started noticing spots like bruises on my chest i'm scared what can it be?

See your doctor: This is not cardiac related, but it could be other underlying issues like low platelets which are issues with other syndromes. An echocardiogram would rule out fluid around your heart. ...Read more

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My fiance has a very yellow bruise on his chest. Doesn't remember bumping into anything. About 1-2 inches big & been about 2 weeks. Call doc?

My fiance has a very yellow bruise on his chest.  Doesn't remember bumping into anything.  About 1-2 inches big & been about 2 weeks.  Call doc?

No: A yellow bruise just tells that the bruise has been there for a while , was probably blue , purple , green and then golden and now yellow , it is almost gone, she might have hit something unknowingly. I dont see a reason to see the physician unless she presents with bruises at other site of the body without any history of trauma. In that case she will need platelets to be checked. ...Read more

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My daughter has a bruise on her chest. was green yesterday and now more red/purple. there is a tiny lump in the center where it is not bruised. ?

My daughter has a bruise on her chest. was green yesterday and now more red/purple. there is a tiny lump in the center where it is not bruised. ?

Mgt: Bruises resolve naturally and you should begin to see resolution in the next week. If there are other bruises, bleeding an evaluation including PT/PTT can be completed by your PCP. ...Read more

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I came out of hospital a month ago from a car accident, i had bruised and crushed and lungs and a bruised chest, im 18, fairly healthy, can i drink?

In moderation : It should be fine to have some alcoholic beverages, as long as it is in moderation. Don't go overboard. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My daughter has a bruise on her chest. was green yesterday and now more red/purple. there is a tiny lump in the center where it is not bruised. bad?

My daughter has a bruise on her chest. was green yesterday and now more red/purple. there is a tiny lump in the center where it is not bruised. bad?

Can still be normal.: What you've described is a normal process of a bruise. If the lump in the center has fluid inside and is increasing in size then she must see a doctor to evaluate this lump. I need to see a picture of it in order to definitely say it's just a bruise and not to worry. It's best to monitor for change in size and the amount of discomfort/ pain. ...Read more

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Why have i got bruised upper left chest just under the collar bone? And I have hard time breathing after my meals. Why is this

Why have i got bruised upper left chest just under the collar bone? And I have hard time breathing after my meals. Why is this

See a doctor: This may turn out to be little or nothing, but with these symptoms you really need to be seen, examined and possibly undergo some tests and imaging studies. Do not wait around. Go see somebody now. ...Read more

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Please bruised feeling in. Chest nausea dizziness whole time worst before and after bowel movement feels like fainting?

Please bruised feeling in. Chest nausea dizziness whole time worst before and after bowel movement feels like fainting?

Symptoms: What you describe is worth seeing a doctor and getting checked out. Several things could cause those symptoms some not a big deal but some which could be. ...Read more

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5 months ago fell on box hitting chest broke 5th and 6th ribs. Bruised breast bone. chest sore and in pain again after 5 months what to do?

5 months ago fell on box hitting chest broke 5th and 6th ribs. Bruised breast bone. chest sore and in pain again after 5 months what to do?

Chest pain: Did you do something strenuous? The bruised sternum/broken ribs can take awhile to recover completely. It is not unusual to feel better and then do something that aggravates them. If you are having trouble breathing then GO to the emergency department otherwise follow up with your physician if no improvement. You might take an over the counter medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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