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What can cause major bruising above the knee (thigh) & upper leg? It went away on its own (3 weeks) on a friend of mine, could it be a silent signal?

What can cause major bruising above the knee (thigh) & upper leg? It went away on its own (3 weeks) on a friend of mine, could it be a silent signal?

Could be normal: It's hard to say without more information. The important thing would be to determine the history and any associated symptoms. Without any other symptoms or history, it may represent normal bruising which surprisingly can sometimes present with a severe appearance and little trauma (sometimes not even remembered). ...Read more

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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Is it possible to have a severe bone bruise of the tibia cause compartment syndrome in the lower thigh of the same leg.

Is it possible to have a severe bone bruise of the tibia cause compartment syndrome in the lower thigh of the same leg.

Compartment syndrome: Is not likely to move up to the thigh from the lower leg. The fascia of the muscles of the legs and arms is so tight that it doesn't allow for expansion in the crushed muscle so the swelling leads to pain and damage to additional muscle and can result in loss of the limb in extreme cases. Have it checked in an emergency room...Special equipment to measure increase in pressure in the muscle. ...Read more

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I noticed a huge bruise on my upper leg. I don't know how I got it. Don't hurt but looks nasty. Should I worry about this?

I noticed a huge bruise on my upper leg. I don't know how I got it. Don't hurt but looks nasty. Should I worry about this?

No: It will probably go away in a few weeks. Now if you have 5 or 6 large bruises on the leg, you may have a problem that needs to be evaluated ...Read more

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I got bruising on my right side of upper leg when I was knocked down while playing soccer. It has been a week still not recover yet? What should I do?

I got bruising on my right side of upper leg when I was knocked down while playing soccer. It has been a week still not recover yet? What should I do?

Give it more time: If you are functional (doesn't hurt to move or play sports) and you're still noticing bruising, just give it more time. A larger bruise may take more than a week to resolve (and you may notice the bruise moving down your leg a little, this is normal as the blood settles). If it's still very tender or impairing you, get it checked. ...Read more

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Hit my upper leg on edge of table very hard a month ago. Had a huge bruise and pain but it's gone.now I touch & feel a hard lump under skin. Hematoma?

Hit my upper leg on edge of table very hard a month ago. Had a huge bruise and pain but it's gone.now I touch & feel a hard lump under skin. Hematoma?

WeAllTakeOurLumps: Yes, it could be what remains of a hematoma under the skin. That lump could be there for a few months but the body absorbs most or all of it. Nothing dangerous. Sometimes some scar remains forever but shouldn't be a problem unless you can see it and it bothers you. But, if it starts growing or begins to hurt or the skin discolors, get it checked out. ...Read more

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I fell today and have a lot of pain in my outside upper leg, between my knee and hip, no bruising. Something I should be concerned about? 30y/o f aver

I fell today and have a lot of pain in my outside upper leg, between my knee and hip, no bruising. Something I should be concerned about? 30y/o f aver

Be safe : Hopefully what you are describing is just a contusion. But with "a lot of pain" in the context of a fall, a visit to your doctor is advised. Xray may be needed. ...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