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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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How do you decide between a bruise and a deep tissue injury?

How do you decide between a bruise and a deep tissue injury?

Medical jargon: Very little difference. In assessing a patient, I'd ask about pain severity, location, and quality. History would supply facts about how the injury was sustained. I'd visualize and palpate the area. If there was trauma and now there is pain to touch, one can assume deep tissue injury. If there is also visual color change, there is bruising. There is rarely one without some degree of the other. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a deep tissue bruise of the metatarsal?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a deep tissue bruise of the metatarsal?

Metatarsal is bone: Bone itself is not often referred to as tissue. A deep bruise of the bone is often related to bone marrow edema without any break in the cortex or outer shell of bone. A deep bruise of tissue is synonomous with a contusion. ...Read more

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I was told that I had a deep tissue bruise in my calf about 7 years ago. It feels pretty similar to a knot, no discoloration. Is this normal?

I was told that I had a deep tissue bruise in my calf about 7 years ago.  It feels pretty similar to a knot, no discoloration. Is this normal?

Bruise: Bruises don't last 7 years, and neither do hematomas (blood collections). More likely there is a tear in the muscle which scarred. An MRI is needed to evaluate for other problems as well to image the soft tissues. ...Read more

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29 yr old female, deep tissue aches in thighs & upper arms & blue-ish, purple bruises without injury, over a year.Mainly rite thigh. What could it be?

29 yr old female, deep tissue aches in thighs & upper arms & blue-ish, purple bruises without injury, over a year.Mainly rite thigh. What could it be?

Muscle problem: Chronic, unprovoked muscle pain associated with unexplained bruising could be a serious problem. There are certain medical conditions that can cause this and would need to be investigated by your physician. There are blood tests that can narrow down the likely causes. Myositis is an example of a condition where the muscles can be painful or weak. ...Read more

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What can I do for a deep thigh bruise?

What can I do for a deep thigh bruise?

RICE: You should start with rice as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and flexibility may need time to recovery after the injury, and you don't want to further injure yourself by attempting to go "all out" to fast. ...Read more

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When you get a bruise can you injure skin or muscle tissue?

When you get a bruise can you injure skin or muscle tissue?

Yes...but: Most bruises reflect extravasated of blood in the surface of the skin. Very common in pts. >65 y/o, females, pts. On anticoagulants ( warfarin, aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) aggrenox, Pradaxa ), pts with low platelets (petechiae). Bruises depending on the location, number, color are of value in forensic medicine to help victims from physical abuse death or alive where obviously subcutaneous tissue is injured. ...Read more

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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...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