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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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What would cause a knot under my rib cage that's tender to touch?

What would cause a knot under my rib cage that's tender to touch?

Depends: If in the center of ur abdomen just below the rib cage ; u r thin u may be feeling ur duodenum spasm due 2 ulcers or ur pyloric area of stomach. 2 the r is the liver ; 2 the left is the spleen that's the best I can do. My advice is c ur pcp ; have a hands on diagnosis made. ...Read more

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I'm 30. No alcohol. Pain in middle right side of abdomen, tucked under rib cage. When I bend into that side it feels like rib pokes tender area. Cause?

I'm 30. No alcohol. Pain in middle right side of abdomen, tucked under rib cage. When I bend into that side it feels like rib pokes tender area. Cause?

Get checked out: Right side of your abdomen under rib cage is where your liver and gall bladder live. A good doc can examine your liver to see if it's tender. A blood test can reveal irritation to the liver cells or gall bladder.
If organs are ok, Structurally, there can be dysfunction of the tissue/nerve/bone system in that area--an osteopath or PT or good yoga session might help. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for pain in rib cage area? Its just on side and feels like a bruise.

What are some reasons for pain in rib cage area? Its just on side and feels like a bruise.

Costochondritis mayb: Trauma or injury obviously, but you would have reported that! Sometimes even "minor" truma or even exercise or activity can cause an irritation of the ribs or the cartilage, called costochondritis. This can feel like a bruise. If associated with a deep breath, it can be another kind of inflammation called pleurisy, which is more serious. The location of the pain also suggests other causes. ...Read more

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What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage?

What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes, you should consider being seen. Possible causes can incude an irritation of a nerve in the thoracic spine, an inflammatory condition involving the pancreas or the lining of the lung, and multiple other causes. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually sort out the cause. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage on frontside?

What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage on frontside?

Can't answer: Need more details to answer. I recommend seeing a physician so this can be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Tests bloods etc clear. I'm an extremely anxious person. I go to loo no.2 a lot and if I poke under left rib cage it feels bruised. Not if don't poke.

Tests bloods etc clear. I'm an extremely anxious person. I go to loo no.2 a lot and if I poke under left rib cage it feels bruised. Not if don't poke.

Yes : So I am assuming you want to know that if you are an " anxious " person what to do to change it. Yes it is possible to improve this significantly with treatment. The Best combination would be medications and cbt. Other options are there too. Easy bruising should be investigated as mere touching should not cause bruising. Similarly, frequency or urination can be anxiety but should not be assumed ...Read more

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For a week now I have had a very tender bruise like pain on my right side rib cage and in the middle right side of my back. What could this be from?

For a week now I have had a very tender bruise like pain on my right side rib cage and in the middle right side of my back. What could this be from?

Mid back pain : This is very common if you have nerve root irritated. A rib fracture or trauma irritate the nerve nearby, or herpes dermatitis may also induce such kind symptom. If the pain persists, you would be better to see you primary physician. ...Read more

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My son had bruises that just appeared all over his rib cage and back, I took him to the emergency room and when we got there they were gone. I don't u?

My son had bruises that just appeared all over his rib cage and back, I took him to the emergency room and when we got there they were gone. I don't u?

Doubt bruises: True bruises don't disappear. Hives are an allergic phenomenon that can come up in patches and disappear over several hours. They are usually a deeper skin color than regular skin, but not purple like a bruise. ...Read more

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My rib cage is sore with no bruising what could it ne?

My rib cage is sore with no bruising what could it ne?

See below: The rib joints can becom inflamed just like any other joint. Warm soaks and drugs like Ibuprofen seem to work best. ...Read more

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My friend is complaining about severe pain on her rib cage, she also discovered a bruise and a lump there also, what could it be?

My friend is complaining about severe pain on her rib cage, she also discovered a bruise and a lump there also, what could it be?

Likely trauma: Bruising and swelling in an area that hurts almost always indicates some trauma. It's possible that your friend has a broken rib or just soft tissue injury. Do they remember any history of trauma? If not, did they get hit in the head? It is possible that it could be something else, but I would give it some time to go away. If it doesn't, they should see their doctor. ...Read more

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MY ribs are bruised due to an altercation lately there has been large lump by my right rib cage. WHAT can it be?

MY ribs are bruised due to an altercation lately there has been large lump by my right rib cage. WHAT can it be?

Different things: Lumps in a traumatized area can be due to bruising, fluid collection of blood or tissue fluid, fracture, or it could be that the trauma was a coincidence and the lump is due to something serious, like a tumor that you just noticed after the injury. ...Read more

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I have sore spot right near bottom of left rib cage. Feels like touching a bruise. It comes and goes. Worse when sitting. Location moves?

Costochondritis?: It sounds like it might be costochondritis, which is not serious, but if the pain persists, you should have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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I have a small cluster of bumps on my left rib. They itch, and sometimes burn, and now my whole rib cage feels bruised. Doesn't look like its spreadin?

I have a small cluster of bumps on my left rib. They itch, and sometimes burn, and now my whole rib cage feels bruised. Doesn't look like its spreadin?

Shingles: Sounds like you have classic shingles reaction related to chicken pox that lay dormant in your nerve roots until times of stress etc bring them out. Supportive treatment only should resolve in time. ...Read more

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Do rib cage support products andor Ben gay help pain as bruised ribs heal?

Do rib cage support products andor Ben gay help pain as bruised ribs heal?

Not exactly.: Ben gay and other topicals can help with the pain associated with bruised ribs. However, it doesn't usually speed up the process. Bruised ribs can be painful for a couple of weeks 4-8 weeks so be patient with it. ...Read more

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The bottom left of my rib cage feels bruised, also struggled to eat full meals recently...enlarged spleen?

The bottom left of my rib cage feels bruised, also struggled to eat full meals recently...enlarged spleen?

See a doctor: This sounds like something which merits rapid assessment by a health care professional. Enlarged spleen, if present, may be due to infectious mononucleosis, but there are other potentially severe conditions which can also do this. Healthcare in UK is excellent. Go see a doctor, and I wish you better soon. ...Read more

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My 2 month old had what appeared to be a bruise on his back near his rib cage. It turned into a blister. Any idea what it could be?

My 2 month old had what appeared to be a bruise on his back near his rib cage. It turned into a blister. Any idea what it could be?

Boil/cellulitis: It's really very tough to make any clinical judgement without looking at the lesion. However, considering the age of baby (2 months old) it becomes mandatory to see his/her pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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Bruising pain by my rib cage and back with a red blotchy rash?

Bruising pain by my rib cage and back with a red blotchy rash?

Could be shingles: A painful red rash from shingles typically occurs in one dermatome and only on one side. The red blotches look like little blisters. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a knot under my left rib cage, shortness of breath, bruising and pain. What can this be?

Knot: Without examining it, difficult to diagnose. You need physical examination. Obtain physician consultation. ...Read more

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Will a xray of the rib cage appear different between bruised&fractured ribs and what would the difference be? Can xray show organ damage?

Will a xray of the rib cage appear different between bruised&fractured ribs and what would the difference be? Can xray show organ damage?

Yes and no: An x-ray can show a fracture of the ribs but will not show a bruise. However, rib fractures can be hard to see and may be missed. Which organ are you referring to? Organ damage is hard to see on x-ray depending on the organ. Lung damage can be seen but you will need a CT scan with Contrast to see Liver, spleen or kidney damage. ...Read more

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Hi im 28 years old and I've been having pain on my left side near my breast and rib cage. I also have a bunch of unexplained bruises around that?

Trauma: The combination of pain and bruises suggests some sort of trauma to the rib cage region. Could it be from an ill-fitting or overly stiff bra? Are you leaning against anything at home or at work. If the area is also tender to touch, it would point to injury or trauma causing pain and bruising. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain on right side/hip. Also, have pain in right side rib cage. Feels like I got punched or a bad bruise. What should I do?

Having lower back pain on right side/hip. Also, have pain in right side rib cage. Feels like I got punched or a bad bruise. What should I do?

Must rule out kidney: Have your primary md be sure you do have a kidney problem. Otherwise, heat, rest, no lifting or rotation and make sure you recheck in with primary md. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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