- A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel.
- Symptoms of hematomas depend upon their location and whether adjacent structures are affected by the inflammation and swelling associated with the bleeding.
- Treatment of a hematoma depends upon which organ or body tissue is affected.
- Superficial hematomas of the skin and soft tissue, such as muscle, may be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Heat may also be considered.
Reviewed on 11/19/2013
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