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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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I got a big dark bruise on leg with lighter colored lump in the middle. Hasn't improved in 4 days. No pain except when touching the lump. What to do?

I got a big dark bruise on leg with lighter colored lump in the middle. Hasn't improved in 4 days. No pain except when touching the lump. What to do?

"Normal bruising": It's likely that you bumped into something but didn't pay it any mind. The lump is probably a small area of bleeding (hematoma). This area will slowly resolve with the bluish color turning yellowish and then disappearing. No specific treatment is needed. This type of bruising is common in the lower extremities. If you have frequent development of bruises you should see your physician. ...Read more

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I got into a car accident. I have a large bruise on my leg that keeps getting bigger and had a hard lump under skin. Its been growing every day?

I got into a car accident. I have a large bruise on my leg that keeps getting bigger and had a hard lump under skin. Its been growing every day?

The bruise =bleeding: & if there is a collection of blood called hematoma, the discoloration always get bigger & many colors. The lump = a fibrosis of the clot, the body usually cleans them up. But it takes time. May get smaller & go away, or you are left with a permanent lump of undetermined size. Just be patient, there is no serious thing going to happen. It will just sit there. Ice @ first, after 3-4 days, heat. ...Read more

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I had fallen and gotten a large bruise on my leg a week ago. Now there is a lump that is red, sore & feels hot.?

I had fallen and gotten a large bruise on my leg a week ago. Now there is a lump that is red, sore & feels hot.?

Posible Infection: A bruise is a hematoma resulting from bleeding into the soft tissues. It is a good medium in which bacteria can live and grow. It is possible, even without a break in your skin, that the hematoma has become infected. The redness and heat are sign of a localized infection. You should have it checked by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Large unexplained calf bruise. Back of leg. Stiff leg at times. Pea sized lump under skin. Slightly swollen lower calf. Had bruise 5 days. Serious?

Large unexplained calf bruise. Back of leg. Stiff leg at times. Pea sized lump under skin. Slightly swollen lower calf. Had bruise 5 days. Serious?

Sounds like: Ruptured tendon, but you need to see a doctor to make sure that it is not thrombophlebitis, especially if you have risk factors such as birth control pills, smoking, protracted immobility, or recent surgery. This can lead to a pulmonary embolus, a potentially life threatening problem. ...Read more

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I have a large lump, size of half a baseball on my lower inner thigh. I've never had anything like this and the area is bruised and it is very firm.

I have a large lump, size of half a baseball on my lower inner thigh. I've never had anything like this and the area is bruised and it is very firm.

Seek treatment ASAP: Please see a physician right away, especially if there has been no known injury. Urgent care or ER for xrays, exam, and perhaps an Ortho consult. ...Read more

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A year ago I went down on my motorcycle. It left bruise on my thigh with a big lump. Over a year later, the lump hasn't gone away a is slowly growing

A year ago I went down on my motorcycle. It left bruise on my thigh with a big lump. Over a year later, the lump hasn't gone away a is slowly growing

Sounds like you have: A hematoma with fatty tissue mixture, from severed skin/fat from the deeper tissues, (with collection of blood + fat), which will probably require surgical decompression and drainage.
See an orthopod for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Good luck. ...Read more

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About a week ago, I got a large bruise on my upper inner thigh. I noticed yesterday there is a large lump (a little bigger than golf ball) underneath?

About a week ago, I got a large bruise on my upper inner thigh. I noticed yesterday there is a large lump (a little bigger than golf ball) underneath?

Hematoma: You probably broke a blood vessel with the injury and there is a collection of blood that is slowly being broken down which is the "golf ball". You should apply heat and take a nonsteroidal such as ibuprofen or naproxen for a few days to help kick start the process. If the bruising goes away but the golf ball remains for more than a week or two, you should be seen and possibly x-rayed. ...Read more

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I fell on my knee today in pe and I couldn't stand up and walk it off and I went to the nurse and it looked like a big lump bruise. Broken? Sprained?

I fell on my knee today in pe and I couldn't stand up and walk it off and I went to the nurse and it looked like a big lump bruise. Broken? Sprained?

Many possibilities: Trauma may cause injury to any of the structures around the site of trauma. Damage can occur to the arteries, veins, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, meniscus, or bones. Have it evaluated by a professional to determine the extent of the damage. ...Read more

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Just noticed a big lump and bruising on my shin. Looks like something wrong with my vein. What is it? I'm scared

Just noticed a big lump and bruising on my shin. Looks like something wrong with my vein. What is it? I'm scared

Hard to tell: Without more information. Could be a bruise, a growth or a vein. How long has this been present? Was there an associated injury? If this fails to resolve, have examined by a physician. ...Read more

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I have always bruised really easy with no blood disorders but a big bruise on my right upper thigh has a small lump under it. Is this normal?

I have always bruised really easy with no blood disorders but a big bruise on my right upper thigh has a small lump under it. Is this normal?

Bruising: Bruising very easy at your age is not very common but can happen for many reasons including vitamin deficiency ie. Calcium, vitamin k etc. Low platelet count or coagulation factor deficit can cause easy bruising and are secondary to genetic disorders or liver disease. You will need further work up to make diagnosis. The lump under is still coagulated blood or hematoma which will reabsorb also. ...Read more

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Hit my shin bone 4 weeks ago, it's still swollen and bruised. There's a large lump. Tender to touch. Only gets sore if use it to much?

Hit my shin bone 4 weeks ago, it's still swollen and bruised. There's a large lump. Tender to touch. Only gets sore if use it to much?

Bump is hematoma: The large lump is a common normal response to an injury over the tibia from blunt trauma. The bony lining or periosteum is very vascular and thus can bleed significantly leading to a local hematoma. The swelling should start to subside with rest, ice, decreased use and an ace wrap to provide compression and protection. ...Read more

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I hit my leg 2 weeks ago. Bruise is gone but now I can feel a lump where the bruise was. Should I be worried?

Not worried, but: It could be a hematoma or a subcutaneous nodule previously there and coincidentally traumatized causing you to now focus on the area. To be safe don't worry, but have your doctor take a look and advise you. ...Read more

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I fell and hit my leg on the stairs lastweek and there a bruise and a huge lump that won't go away, should I be concerned?  

I fell and hit my leg on the stairs lastweek and there a bruise and a huge lump that won't go away, should I be concerned?  

Hematoma?: This could be a hematoma, which is essentially a black-and-blue mark that's a bit deeper under the skin. Whereas black-and-blue marks spread in two dimensions, a hematoma grows in three dimensions so can feel like a lump under the skin. If your leg is not diffusely swollen then a DVT is probably not a concern. Warm soaks to this area may help. ...Read more

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Iv found a lump on the crease at the top of my left leg its painfull to touch and looks like its formed a bruise should I be worried?

Iv found a lump on the crease at the top of my left leg its painfull to touch and looks like its formed a bruise should I be worried?

Lymph node: May be an infected lymph gland which drains the leg & pelvic area. Could develop an abscess. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have bruise lumps under skin mostly legs should I be worried?

I have bruise lumps under skin mostly legs should I be worried?

See physician: If the lesions are on both legs, I would consult a physician you may have erythema nodosom which can be caused bymany things. ...Read more

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I have a painful lump on my lower leg above my anke. No bruising, just a lump.?

I have a painful lump on my lower leg above my anke. No bruising, just a lump.?

Probably not serious: It is most likely either a ganglion cyst
or a lipoma
if it grows, or becomes symptomatic you
should be seen.
If it is a ganglion, it can be aspirated to
both confirm the diagnosis and remove it. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my right outer thigh under a bruise. Its hurts to even touch it. And my leg is very warm all the time. Should I get seen?

I have a lump on my right outer thigh under a bruise. Its hurts to even touch it. And my leg is very warm all the time. Should I get seen?

Yes you should: A painful lump under bruises can be just collection of blood or injured muscle but because its red you want to make sure its not infected so its better to have it checked
good luck ...Read more

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Dropped long table against my leg 16 days ago. Still have bruise, lump and feels hot to the touch. Also, some surface numbness. Is that normal?

Dropped long table against my leg 16 days ago. Still have bruise, lump and feels hot to the touch. Also, some surface numbness. Is that normal?

Could be: You may have actually bruised the bone and/or hurt the nerve. "bone bruising" and swelling can cause compression on the nerve and cause the numbness. You can see your doctor if it persists, but these injuries can take a while to to resolve. ...Read more

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Cut/bruised my leg in July quite badly. It appeared to have cleared but I have recently noticed a lump/bump where I injured it. Should I be worried?

Cut/bruised my leg in July quite badly. It appeared to have cleared but I have recently noticed a lump/bump where I injured it. Should I be worried?

Observe, don't worry: If the area is not tender or red, it is likely not worrisome. Sometimes when healing the body will develop clumps of fibrous or scar tissue, not harmful. Ball of fat (lipomas) and cysts can also cause bumps under the skin. Unless infected (usually indicated by soreness and/or redness) no intervention necessary. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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