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I have a calf strain, am on crutches for 8 days now. Today developed bruising down my chin of the injured leg. Is this a problem?

I have a calf strain, am on crutches for 8 days now. Today developed bruising down my chin of the injured leg. Is this a problem?

Yes: Bruising generally indicates breaking of blood vessels. This is serious business anywhere. However the lower leg is considered the 2nd heart of the body and a malfunction of blood vessels can create a thrombus that can circulate to your heart and/or lungs and end you life. Get a consultation now. ...Read more

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Can bruising occur at when you severely strain your calf muscles?

Can bruising occur at when you severely strain your calf muscles?

Yes: When you have a strain it can cause inflammation subsequently causing bruising due to a microinternal mechanism of "save the tissue". Most cells come together to help heal the site including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, anti-inflammatory cells etc. ...Read more

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What could cause bruising behind my knee 5 days after straining my mcl?

What could cause bruising behind my knee 5 days after straining my mcl?

Bleeding: When you sprain the mcl, you tear the ligament. This caused bleeding in the location of the tear. You probably elevated the knee, so the blood travelled behind your knee and collected where you see bruising. That is completely normal. It may even become sore in the bruised area because of an inflammatory response. ...Read more

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Off and on hamstring pain for a year. This is the 6th "flare" with a bruise on my upper thigh. The pain is in the middle/bottom. Strain or worse?

Off and on hamstring pain for a year. This is the 6th "flare" with a bruise on my upper thigh. The pain is in the middle/bottom. Strain or worse?

Investigation needed: It sounds like you may have a partially torn tendon which keeps giving you grief. See a physiotherapist or doctor who can arrange an Ultrasound scan of your thigh to determine the cause of pain. If the bruising is spontaneous then there may be further concerns of a bleeding into the muscle tissue and you may need blood tests to rule out a bleeding / clotting disorder ...Read more

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I dislocated my kneecap, torn mpfl, strained mcl, bone bruises and cartilage damage. I've gone to pt 3x/week for 3 months. Is surgery a good option?

I dislocated my kneecap, torn mpfl, strained mcl, bone bruises and cartilage damage.  I've gone to pt 3x/week for 3 months. Is surgery a good option?

Probably yes if you-: Still having problems like recurrent k.Cap dislocation or subluxations. The bruises, mcl strains should be better by now.
The best person to advise would be your orthopod who is treating you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old son has small bruises on his legs. Is this something to worry about?

Bruises: Bruises, depending on their location, are usually not a concern. In an active four year old, bruises on the legs, from the knees down, are common and nothing to be worried about. ...Read more

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1yr old has bruise on leg bloods came back platlelet 90 neutrophils 0.7 why are the requesting second blood test?

1yr old has bruise on leg bloods came back platlelet 90 neutrophils 0.7 why are the requesting second blood test?

Confirmation: The numbers you give are not very helpful but platelets of 90(thousand) are on the low side.What .7 neuts refers to is confusing. You repeat a test to see if the initial test was wrong, the levels change or to define the problem more clearly. Low platelets could be a technical glitch, a problem with production or excessive destruction.Further testing narrows your search. ...Read more

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My three year old son has random bruises all over his legs. They are small and seems to be a new one added every day. What could this be?

My three year old son has random bruises all over his legs. They are small and seems to be a new one added every day. What could this be?

Bruising in 3 yo boy: If your son is really active and these areas experience frequent trauma (as most boys do), that is normal. If bruising happens when there is no trauma or is wide spread or if bruises are really deep, it needs an evaluation right away. If your baby is not more active than usual, please take him to his pediatrician to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg , about 4 inches round , last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg , about  4 inches round , last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Infection?: Red hot swollen spots make me think of infection, perhaps abscess or folliculitis, or sebaceous cysts. Abscesses don't usually go away by themselves but rather need to be drained. Folliculitis might come & go but not usually 4" in diameter (that's huge!). Not common to have several sebaceous cysts in one area. Go see your family doc for evaluation, testing & treatment. Perhaps bleeding disorder? ...Read more

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Can a one year old child pull a muscle or strain their leg? My daughter is very active and it pains her too walk? Any thoughts?

Can a one year old child pull a muscle or strain their leg?  My daughter is very active and it pains her too walk?  Any thoughts?

Sprain vs. Fracture: If she is not able to put weight on the leg, she needs to have X-rays taken. There are certain fractures, most notably toddlers' fractures of the tibia, that are often diagnosed clinically even if X-rays are normal. These injuries need to be immobilize to ensure proper healing. ...Read more

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I have a 6 year old daughter. Here lately when she bumps into something she bruises immediately and they are mostly on her legs. What should I do?

I have a 6 year old daughter. Here lately when she bumps into something she bruises immediately and they are mostly on her legs. What should I do?

Not to worry unless-: If these bruises are on prominent parts of her body - anterior shins, areas that kids frequently bump, i would do nothing. They are part of childhood. If you are seeing bruises in weird places - inner thighs or arms, genital region, armpit- or if your child has any other unusual bleeding like nose bleeds, gum bleeding with tooth brushing, then i would talk with your doc about lab work for bleeding. ...Read more

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I am having unexplained leg bruising on my right leg and bruises that look like lines on my left leg. I work on my feet all day. I am 33 years old. ?

I am having unexplained leg bruising on my right leg and bruises that look like lines on my left leg. I work on my feet all day. I am 33 years old. ?

Visit your doctor: Bruises on your skin, if they are real, need a medical check up by your doctor. Bruises means bleeding in the skin which is unlikely but only a medical exam can make this diagnosis
Sometimes it can be abnormal (varicose) veins due to prolonged STANDING.
ONLY A MEDICAL CHECK UP WILL ALLOW PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. ...Read more

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I am a 55 yr old woman,i have pin prick spots like bruises on 1 of my legs,the lower half at the front.i do bruise easily but I haven't had this befor?

I am a 55 yr old woman,i have pin prick spots like bruises on 1 of my legs,the lower half at the front.i do bruise easily but I haven't had this befor?

Bruises: You must see your doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will review your history, examine you, and order labs and x-ray imaging.
Hope all goes well. Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old daughter has several bruises in her lower legs but not in other part of her body is this normal ?

My 5 yr old daughter has several bruises in her lower legs but not in other part of her body is this normal ?

Bruising Below: In pediatric patients of this age group it is very common to see bruising to the anterior legs (shins) and thigh areas. These are often caused by an active child exploring and playing in their world. Frequently they trip and fall, run into objects or strike themselves with toys or other objects which result in the bruising. Most bruises are in various stages of resolution (color) and harmless. ...Read more

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