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How is a hematoma diagnosed?

Hematomas of the skin and soft tissues, such as muscle and joints, are often diagnosed by physical examination alone.

For patients exhibiting signs of internal bleeding, the health care practitioner will decide what imaging modality is best to evaluate the situation. Plain X-rays may be needed to assess for bone fracture. Patients with significant head injury often require CT scanning. Ultrasound is the testing modality of choice for pregnant patients.

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Comment from: Blue_E46, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

Self diagnosis of a Hematoma below the right knee from a fall. Two days after the injury the lump is still there and about as hard (and larger) than the knee cap. No bruise or pain when walking; only a lump that is slightly painful to the touch. I've been using the RICE method and I eventually expect to see the blood flow down my shin and into my foot, perhaps causing a bruise there before it fully heals.

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Comment from: Gigi Binoy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 27

In June there was a swelling associated with bleeding inside the skin on left arm above elbow. It was reddish, painful. Now my middle finger cannot be folded easily.

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