Bruises (cont.)

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What is the prognosis (outlook) for bruising?

The outlook for bruising depends on whether or not there are underlying associated medical illnesses or conditions. Bruising can otherwise be prevented by avoiding trauma to the body.

Bumps & bruises facts

  • A bruise is medically referred to as a contusion.
  • Bruises occur when tiny blood vessels are damaged or broken.
  • The injury required to produce a bruise varies with age and certain medications.
  • Individual bruises change in appearance over time.
  • Spontaneous bruising can indicate a serious bleeding tendency.

REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2012

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