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I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored.. Should I be alarmed?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Unfortunately, bruising after phlebotomy is a common side effect especially if you are on blood thinners.
If the bruising continues to spread, becomes excessively painful, swells, becomes red & hot, a visit to your doctor is indicated.

In brief: Possibly

Unfortunately, bruising after phlebotomy is a common side effect especially if you are on blood thinners.
If the bruising continues to spread, becomes excessively painful, swells, becomes red & hot, a visit to your doctor is indicated.
Dr. Joshua Batt
Dr. Joshua Batt
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3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Unless the area of bruising continues to expand, you don't need to worry.
It's not unusual for there to be some bruising after having blood drawn, particularly if it was a difficult stick. It will heal just like any other bruise.

In brief: No

Unless the area of bruising continues to expand, you don't need to worry.
It's not unusual for there to be some bruising after having blood drawn, particularly if it was a difficult stick. It will heal just like any other bruise.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Just blood under the skin. It will go away.

In brief: No

Just blood under the skin. It will go away.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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