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What is the difference between bruises and blood clots?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Location

Blood clots occurs within blood vessels, when liquid blood solidifies.
Outside of blood vessels, thiscollection is called a hematoma. A bruise occrs when capillaries are damaged and blood seeps out, usually after blunt trauma. Less severe than either of the above.

In brief: Location

Blood clots occurs within blood vessels, when liquid blood solidifies.
Outside of blood vessels, thiscollection is called a hematoma. A bruise occrs when capillaries are damaged and blood seeps out, usually after blunt trauma. Less severe than either of the above.
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Diff problem

A bruise happens due to bleeding in the tissues under the skin after an injury or trauma- the blood then clots and over time gets removed by the body.
On the other hand, a blood clot usually refers to blood clotting inside a vein or an artery which can often then flow to the lung and be dangerous. Blood clots often require blood thinners as treatments for 3-12 months.

In brief: Diff problem

A bruise happens due to bleeding in the tissues under the skin after an injury or trauma- the blood then clots and over time gets removed by the body.
On the other hand, a blood clot usually refers to blood clotting inside a vein or an artery which can often then flow to the lung and be dangerous. Blood clots often require blood thinners as treatments for 3-12 months.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Different names

Blood clot and bruises are both referring to the same thing -- we call bruises based on the appearance and it is a blood clot in the superficial tissue under the skin --.

In brief: Different names

Blood clot and bruises are both referring to the same thing -- we call bruises based on the appearance and it is a blood clot in the superficial tissue under the skin --.
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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Dr. William Dailey
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Clot is worse

A bruise occurs when blood leaks out of capillaries into the surrounding tissue.
A clot is when blood coagulates within a vein or artery. A clot can cause major disruption to blood flow and can be very dangerous.

In brief: Clot is worse

A bruise occurs when blood leaks out of capillaries into the surrounding tissue.
A clot is when blood coagulates within a vein or artery. A clot can cause major disruption to blood flow and can be very dangerous.
Dr. William Dailey
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