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Can subcutaneous hematomas cause little to no pain?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine

In brief: It can happen..

Often, small bleeding/hematoma or bruising, especially in elderly on aspirin/blood thinners, do not cause any significant pain/discomfort.
Many don't even know how they got the bruises etc.. The skin itself is sensitive, but deep under skin there is less nerve endings and thus trauma/bleeding in deep area may not cause much pain at all, unless large and pushing on other tissues. Consult doc..

In brief: It can happen..

Often, small bleeding/hematoma or bruising, especially in elderly on aspirin/blood thinners, do not cause any significant pain/discomfort.
Many don't even know how they got the bruises etc.. The skin itself is sensitive, but deep under skin there is less nerve endings and thus trauma/bleeding in deep area may not cause much pain at all, unless large and pushing on other tissues. Consult doc..
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Of course, but

It depends on the location and size of the hematoma.
Hematoma refers to an actual collection of blood rather than a bruise, which is more like a soaked sponge, with tissues being the sponge. Both will eventually reabsorb on their own, but hematomas may do better and resolve faster if aspirated with a needle by an expert in surgical anatomy.

In brief: Of course, but

It depends on the location and size of the hematoma.
Hematoma refers to an actual collection of blood rather than a bruise, which is more like a soaked sponge, with tissues being the sponge. Both will eventually reabsorb on their own, but hematomas may do better and resolve faster if aspirated with a needle by an expert in surgical anatomy.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
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