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In a nutshell, what is blood vessel injury?
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In brief: A hole.
The most common type of blood vessel injury is when a hole is sliced or punctured in the wall of the vessel, and it then bleeds through the hole.
Just like running over your garden hose with a mower, the fluid can spray pretty far if it's an artery, or leak out slowly if it's a vein. Blood vessels can also be bruised, torn, and stretched in ways that don't cause bleeding, but may stop flow.

In brief: A hole.
The most common type of blood vessel injury is when a hole is sliced or punctured in the wall of the vessel, and it then bleeds through the hole.
Just like running over your garden hose with a mower, the fluid can spray pretty far if it's an artery, or leak out slowly if it's a vein. Blood vessels can also be bruised, torn, and stretched in ways that don't cause bleeding, but may stop flow.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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In brief: Depends
There are arteries and veins.
Injury to an artery can be serious depending on which one is injured, and could result in significant bleeding. Major vein injuries can alao be serious, while asmall vein injury could just cause a little bruising and little else.

In brief: Depends
There are arteries and veins.
Injury to an artery can be serious depending on which one is injured, and could result in significant bleeding. Major vein injuries can alao be serious, while asmall vein injury could just cause a little bruising and little else.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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