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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I fell of my bike and got labial hematoma. I had tubal with filshie clips 8 yrs ago. Can a bad fall like that cause the clips to come off?

I fell of my bike and got labial hematoma. I had tubal with filshie clips 8 yrs ago. Can a bad fall like that cause the clips to come off?

Clips should not: It is quite unlikely that your Filshie clips could come off after your fall or after any kind of pelvic or abdominal trauma. After 8 years, you are still "safe". ...Read more

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I had a subconjunctival hematoma, now fading and see what looks like a pinguecula where it appears the source of the bleeding began. Is this unlikely?

I had a subconjunctival hematoma, now fading and see what looks like a pinguecula where it appears the source of the bleeding began. Is this unlikely?

Unlikely: Pinguecula are poorly vascularized and would take considerable focal trauma to bleed. You are looking at the resudual blood as the rest is absorbed. That tends to localize around the edge of the cornea which may give the false impression that this was the bleeding source. Spontaneous hemorrhage of the conjunctiva usually occurs farther out from the cornea. Most are benign and no problem. ...Read more

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What does a hematoma look like?  

What does a hematoma look like?  

Swelling: Hematomas often look like a discrete buldge or swelling with a boarder ranging in size. It may have a blueish discoloration and may be warm to touch. Some internal hematomas, like subdural hematomas can not be visualized without imaging studies. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like preseptal hematoma go away quickly?

Do symptoms like preseptal hematoma go away quickly?

Not long.: A hematoma (collection of blood) that develops on the septum of the nose after trauma. If left untreated it can cause a loss of blood supply and destruction of the septum. Drainage to prevent permanent destruction of the septum is the treatment of choice. It take about 1-2 weeks to go away after the surgery. ...Read more

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Can a hematoma spread? And can it be flesh toned? (like not red or blue)

Yes ; perhaps: A hematoma can spread as in enlarge, if still bleeding, or drain, if gravity a factor (like a thigh bruise "moving" toward knee). Flesh tone would only occur with deep bruising/hematoma that does not have blood up near the underside of the skin. ...Read more

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I have a pain located on the left side of the back of my neck. It feels like an hematoma but I haven't been injured. What could it be?

See doctor: It could be a lymph node or boil or sebaceous cyst or lipoma. Please see your doctor from r examination to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does a torn tricep muscle look like. I fell and thought I had a huge hematoma. Now it looks like I have an indentation

You may have one: While you may not have such a tear, if there is any question you should check it out
i wouldn't worry as much about the bruising but the indentation concerns me. ...Read more

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I noticed a small bump near my anal opening after doing some research I think its a small perianal hematoma. It's small and just feels like a bump. I workout out a lot doing bodybuidling do you think this was the cause. Also what can make it go away?

I noticed a small bump near my anal opening after doing some research I think its a small perianal hematoma. It's small and just feels like a bump. I workout out a lot doing bodybuidling do you think this was the cause. Also what can make it go away?

Possibilities...: Consider anal fissure, internal hemorrhoid (s), proctitis (inflamed rectum), anal abscess or fistula, juvenile retention polyp, trauma to the anal canal, skin changes around the anus (benign or malignant). The only way to find out, and to start appropriate treatment, is to get examined. See your doctor please. ...Read more

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Is a hematoma from a shot dangerous?

No: As long as it is not infected and as long as "from a shot" means an injection and not a bullet. :) it should go down in a matter of days. Take care. ...Read more

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What is a hematoma and how serious is this?

What is a hematoma and how serious is this?

A collection of: Blood from injury or other reasons.
Depend on the reason of that hematoma sometimes could serious. ...Read more

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What's the best way to help a hematoma in abs?

What's the best way to help a hematoma in abs?

Heat: Generally mobilizes the old blood in hematomas and helps reabsorb the old blood. IT TAKES A WHILE so be patient. BTW Large collections of blood can be removed surgically. ...Hope his is helpful

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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