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Bruises (cont.)

Prognosis of Bruises

Bruises typically take about two weeks to disappear. Repeated bruising of the leg in the elderly can lead to weakened, yellow-brown skin that tears easily when abraded.

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Author: Eileen Toloza, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas at Houston School of Medicine.

Coauthor(s): Jennifer Krawczyk, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of California at Irvine.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine.


Humes, H. David, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Internal Medicine. 4th Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/15/2014

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