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What is the definition or description of: Scalp hematoma?

What is the definition or description of: Scalp hematoma?

Hematoma: Which is a collection of blood between the skin and skull. Generally after trauma or difficult dilivery
if trauma you need to check for intracranial injury
if occurs without trauma you need to check the clotting system for a deffect ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Son has scalp hematoma said dr today. What do I do if it doesn't go away in a couple of weeks?

Son has scalp hematoma said dr today. What do I do if it doesn't go away in a couple of weeks?

You wait longer: If a kid develops a scalp hematoma it represents a pocket of blood in between the skull and deep skin layers that have no blood supply. Blood will eventually break down to its basic chemical fluid and protein makeup and be passively absorbed gradually through the deep skin layers. Transient calcium deposits can form at the site but eventually resolve. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for scalp hematoma?

Usually none: Most scalp hematomas will resolve without any surgery needed. The body will break the clot down as it does any bruise over time. Rarely if the hematoma is tense and expanding it can be drained by opening the skin and washing the area out. Those on blood thinners may have to stop them for a short time if there is an associated clot/bruise on the brain. ...Read more

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My son have a scalp hematoma since saturday and the bump is not getting smaller yet, whe do you decide if it needs to be drained?

My son have a scalp hematoma since saturday and the bump is not getting smaller yet, whe do you decide if it needs to be drained?

I've never drained: One in 3 deacdes. They may take a few weeks to settle down & sometimes they can form a hard bony knot at the base of the collection. The body will eventually reabsorb the material & all will be fine. It is not worth the chance if infection or recurrent accumulation to drain these. ...Read more

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Is evacuation of a head laceration scalp hematoma a surgical procedure?

Is evacuation of a head laceration scalp hematoma a surgical procedure?

Yes: Technically yes. It is not a huge procedure as it is technically skin deep. But scalp lacerations can bleed a lot and a hematoma in that location could have lots of clots and therefore will requires a thorough evacuation with good lighting and surgical instruments as in a typical or. ...Read more

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Can a soft tissue scalp hematoma cause facial bruising?

Can a soft tissue scalp hematoma cause facial bruising?

Yes, it can: Hematoma is a collection of blood in tissues. This blood can track down under the force of gravity or pressure to the anatomic structures below, such as the face. You want to make sure that the bruising on the face is not due to trauma to other structures. For example, raccoon eyes, bruising around the eyes, can be a sign of a basal skull fracture. Please have this evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Scalp hematoma. I've had it for two years now. Can I drain it myself or do need a doctor?

Scalp hematoma. I've had it for two years now. Can I drain it myself or do need a doctor?

Don't do it: Let someone examine and treat this for you. The scalp is very thick skin. You can do a lot of damage trying this on your own. ...Read more

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My daughter's usg brain report says  "A scalp hematoma measuring 11.3 x 3.5 mms is seen over the left parietal  area."I am afraid. What should I do.

My daughter's usg brain report says  "A scalp hematoma measuring 11.3 x 3.5 mms is seen over the left parietal  area."I am afraid. What should I do.

Puzzling question: A scalp hematoma means there is a collection of blood under the skin of the scalp. This usually reflects a broken blood vessel from trauma. It usually hurts, can persist for days or weeks, but has little if any importance. It is not by itself any sort of brain injury. It is not inside the skull. ...Read more

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Why did I develop a scalp hematoma 12 days after my car accident? They sewed up my head wound in the ER & my forehead swelling went down. Then 11 days after my accident I was laying down & felt bubbling under my scalp, went to the mirror & saw a huge knot

Why did I develop a scalp hematoma 12 days after my car accident? They sewed up my head wound in the ER & my forehead swelling went down. Then 11 days after my accident I was laying down & felt bubbling under my scalp, went to the mirror & saw a huge knot

Delayed bleeding: There was likely a small blood vessel that just started bleeding underneath the skin, causing the hematoma. It may have happened when the stitches were being removed or even something like washing your hair. Nothing incorrect done, just a thing. Your body will eventually reabsorb the hematoma; sometimes some will be left behind that can be uncomfortable, so you may prefer to have it evacuated ...Read more

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What do you mean by: 1. Scalp hematoma, left parietal region 2, cerebral contusion left parietal lobe 3. Cerebral contusion left base cerebral hemisph?

What do you mean by: 1. Scalp hematoma, left parietal region 2, cerebral contusion left parietal lobe 3. Cerebral contusion left base cerebral hemisph?

Scalp hematoma: Scalp hematoma is a bleeding underneath the scalp in the upper left region of the skull. The contusion is in the same region and is a brusing and bleeding in the brain. #3. Is another bruising or bleeding on the left side of the brain but lower down towards the base of the skull. These injuries sound like there are a result of head trauma. ...Read more

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I have a scalp hematoma on the back of my head for the past 3 months and it has s not reduce in size. X-ray shows no fracture. Soft painful spot on it?

Hematoma: It may take months for the hematoma to be absorbed depending on its size. In fact if it lasts long enough it may begin to calcify ...Read more

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Could someone have a subdural hematoma even if he is bleeding from the scalp?

Yes: A subdural hematoma is caused by a tearing of a bridging vein, often from trauma. A scalp laceration would not exclude the possibility of a subdural hematoma. ...Read more

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Why is my scalp numb? I have a hematoma after stitches removed 3 weeks ago following accident

Why is my scalp numb? I have a hematoma after stitches removed 3 weeks ago following accident

Doctor can evaluate: The doctor who is doing the follow-up visit (s) after the initial care of the injury can check to see if the numbness is a normal amount of numbness. Anytime there is a cut in the skin, whether by surgery or trauma or a combination of both, some of the nerves in the top layer of skin will get cut or damaged... thus leading to a numb area around the wound. ...Read more

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Is it possible that someone have a subdural hematoma even if they are bleeding on their scalp?

Subdural hematoma: Bleeding from the scalp will not cause a subdural hematoma, this type of bleed comes from a more serious type of trauma, not just from a scalp laceration. ...Read more

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Went ER 2 days ago after hitting my head on the base of a swivel chair doc said its a hematoma below my scalp is it safe to workout or run with it?

Went ER 2 days ago after hitting my head on the base of a swivel chair doc said its a hematoma below my scalp is it safe to workout or run with it?

Yes: Unless the ED physician specifically advised against it, you are safe to run. The hematoma will not interfere; only bleeding or swelling of the brain within the skull would have made your running unsafe. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How long do scalp hematomas last & what can I do if it's getting harder? It's been about a week since I felt it bubble up and form in my head Source

How long do scalp hematomas last & what can I do if it's getting harder? It's been about a week since I felt it bubble up and form in my head Source

Several weeks: Hematomas start soft and harden as the blood inside coagulates. It will slowly turn from a deep purple to a yellow starting at the edges as your body's immune system breaks up and absorbs the old blood. It may take 2-3 weeks to resolve depending on the size. If it gets larger or more painful, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How long could swelling accompanied by a hematoma last from olceranin bursitis?

How long could swelling accompanied by a hematoma last from olceranin bursitis?

See below: Ideally your symptoms would resolve more quickly if the olecrannon bursa was drained. ...Read more

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How long can swelling near a hematoma last from olecranin bursitis? Been over 30 days, no change. Ortho wants an emg done but I have no insurance.

How long can swelling near a hematoma last from olecranin bursitis? Been over 30 days, no change. Ortho wants an emg done but I have no insurance.

EMG: An EMG assesses nerve problems. A hematoma and bursitis are not nerve problems. Therefore, an EMG would probably be of little benefit. If the swelling that you speak of is actually the olecranon bursitis, that type of swelling can last indefinitely. Speak to your physician about this to get further guidance about the treatment of the bursitis. You might also consider seeing a pm&r doc as well. ...Read more

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How long does the pain from a post rectus hematoma last? I had surgery on january 17th for a hydosalpinx, during the surgery the artery to the rectus muscle was nicked but not perforated. However, the pressure in the atery caused a tear and 6 days later

How long does the pain from a post rectus hematoma last? I had surgery on january 17th for a hydosalpinx, during the surgery the artery to the rectus muscle was nicked but not perforated. However, the pressure in the atery caused a tear and 6 days later

Sorry: Sorry to hear there. You pain shouldn't be getting worse. If it is you need to see a physician. However the pain may last for several weeks depending on the size of hematoma and it should slowly and certainly decrease as time goes by.

Good luck.

Raksha trivedi, md, facog
avani women's health.

www. Avaniwoman. Com. ...Read more

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How long will a hematoma last and hurt? I've had it for 2 wks. It's on lower leg. Could it be blood clot. No swelling. Just bruised feeling.

How long will a hematoma last and hurt? I've had it for 2 wks. It's on lower leg. Could it be blood clot. No swelling. Just bruised feeling.

LE hematoma: If a skin deep hematoma you can see the " black and blue mark", if in muscle diagnosed by ultrasound. Can take up to a month or so depending on size. There are also bone bruises when the bone marrow gets edema, muscle sprains, and there are clots which can be quite dangerous as part can dislodge &move elsewhere like the lung. Please F/U w/doc/ER today may need sonongram ...Read more

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How long does a hematoma takes to form?

How long does a hematoma takes to form?

Varies: This will vary some with the location and the size of the blood vessel (s) broken that give rise to the hematoma. Multiple tiny vessels under a nail may take minutes. A big vessel under the scalp may accumulate a hematoma over several hours. ...Read more

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How long should it take a hematoma to heal?

Depends of size: The larger the longer. Expect several weeks. ...Read more

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How long does a hematoma take to heal after male circumcision?

How long does a hematoma take to heal after male circumcision?

Depends on size of: Hematoma. Hematomas after circumcision are not very common. Hematoma which is primarily bruising shoud settle down in 7 - 10 days. Larger collection of blood or clot trapped by sutures could take weeks to heal. Best to discuss it with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long left does one have to live with hematoma of the brain?

How long left does one have to live with hematoma of the brain?

Maybe indefinitely: Depending upon location, character, size, and certainly, how long ago this occurred, if a patient has had a good recovery and is being treated to prevent recurrence, may do well for years. Did you ask this question of your doctors, as they know you best? ...Read more

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How long should a orthopedic doctors wait until before do something about hematoma?

How long should a orthopedic doctors wait until before do something about hematoma?

Let me explain: Deepend on the reason for that hematoma, some times could absorbed by the body if not should drain. ...Read more

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How long will hematoma in abdomen take to heal. I'm still in pain after 7 days from car accident.

How long will hematoma in abdomen take to heal. I'm still in pain after 7 days from car accident.

More time: Car accidents are very difficult to deal with, because there are so many different pains and traumas that occur. You may get a different pain every day for a couple of weeks after an mva! The hematoma indicates that you have had a significant blow that may take weeks to be absorbed. If your pain is still moderately severe or worsening, you may have to have it checked out again - even with a ct... ...Read more

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I have hematoma after gallbladder surgery. Don't know how big it is. How long does it usually take for the body to absorb it and why does it happen?

I have hematoma after gallbladder surgery. Don't know how big it is. How long does it usually take for the body to absorb it and why does it happen?

About Six Weeks: Hematomas are quite common after surgery.It is just collection of blood which gets clotted after the surgery and with time liquefies and gets absorped in the blood stream.
Most hematomas do not require any treatment and resolve by itself. But sometime if they are large and pressing on some organ/ structure or it gets infected, then it has to be drained and treated appropriately. Discuss with Surgeon ...Read more

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Last year I got a hematoma after donating platelets. Today, I had to stop a donation due to hematoma risk. Is donating once or twice a month too much?

Last year I got a hematoma after donating platelets. Today, I had to stop a donation due to hematoma risk. Is donating once or twice a month too much?

NO: NO- your blood is always checked before donation. You can certainly donate once a month without issues; however, I advise consulting with your PCP regarding hematoma (usually related to the venipuncture). ...Read more

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How long does it take for a hematoma to heal?

Depends: Depends on how large and the location and amount of trauma associated with the hematoma. Also draining the hematoma helps it heal faster. A small hematoma occurring from venipuncture (blood draw) on the arm heals faster than a large hematoma on the lower extremity (slower healing location) caused by severe trauma (ie: car accident). ...Read more

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How long does it take for a hematoma to disappear on my forearm? It's been two weeks so far?

Haematoma: A haematoma is a fluid collection of blood, as distinct from simple bruising. A bruise usually clears within about three weeks, but a heamatoma can take longer and the time is influenced by how large it is. Because of this I suppose there is no way to give a precise answer, but I am not surprised that it is still there after only two weeks. ...Read more

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How long will a hematoma from a kidney biopsy take to resolve? Two weeks and still in some pain.

How long will a hematoma from a kidney biopsy take to resolve? Two weeks and still in some pain.

Kidney Biopsy: I've seen this kind of pain last up to 6 weeks but that was in someone who had some really bad bleeding afterwards. I would say the normal amount of time to have some pain is 2 weeks. What is critical is this - is the pain slowly resolving? If so, you are recovering. The actual blood that has been lost will reabsorb over about a 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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a fall resulted in bleeding in my spleen 1month ago...last week they found my hematoma to be 2, 4. it is 1, 8.now. Can I take 4 hour flight today?

Maybe but be careful: I'm not sure a flight can necessarily affect the splenic hematoma in a good or bad way. Generally I would avoid any high contact activities. Also in relation to traveling- I wouldn't do any heavy lifting that might strain your abdominal muscles. If you have to fly please take these precautions. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a lg thigh hematoma (~ 3"x5") to start getting smaller? I injured my leg almost 2 weeks ago. It's quite large, hard&painful.

How long will it take for a lg thigh hematoma (~ 3"x5") to start getting smaller? I injured my leg almost 2 weeks ago. It's quite large, hard&painful.

Hematoma: Sometimes a hematoma will harden under the skin as a painful, tender lump and will need to be removed with a small incision if warm soaks Don't cause it to recede. A general surgeon performs the procedure. ...Read more

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My hematoma was showing improvement the whole last week, no swelling hit the gym yesterday, & when I woke up it was swollen, red, and it hurt a lot?

My hematoma was showing improvement the whole last week, no swelling hit the gym yesterday, & when I woke up it was swollen, red, and it hurt a lot?

Aggravated it.: Don't know where it is, but if you worked out that area, you may have aggravated it. Best to lay off that area until completely healed. ...Read more

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I have a huge hematoma on my hip from a fall 18 days ago. Filled with fluid and driving me crazy. How long will it take to resolve? Can it be drained?

I have a huge hematoma on my hip from a fall 18 days ago. Filled with fluid and driving me crazy. How long will it take to resolve? Can it be drained?

Can take quite awhil: I have seen some of these hematomas
which can take a month or two to resolve
especially in individuals who are on blood
thinners, the bruiising and hematomas can be
quite large.
I only drain it if it is going on a long time and
if I think the person is quite symptomatic regarding the swelling and pain. I would also
drain it if there was a concern regarding infecton. ...Read more

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Hematoma (Definition)

A condition in which there has been bleeding between the scalp and the skull, and the blood is trapped under the scalp, forming a blood-filled bulge. Can usually ...Read more