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Hematoma (cont.)

Hematoma Prognosis

  • Blood vessels are routinely injured and may leak blood causing hematomas or blood clots.
  • Depending upon their size and location, hematomas may be insignificant or may cause life-threatening damage.
  • People who take blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) and clopidogrel (Plavix) are at higher risk of bleeding from minor injuries.
  • Most hematomas resolve by themselves and need no further treatment, but some may require surgical treatment.
  • Injuries to the head should be taken seriously because of the risk of bleeding causing injuries like epidural, subdural and intracerebral hemorrhage.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

REFERENCES:

Andreoli, Thomas E., et al. Andreoli's and Carpenter's Cecil Essentials of Medicine. Saunders; 7 edition, 2007.

eMedicine.com. "Epidural Hematoma."
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/824029-overview>

eMedicine.com. "Subdural Hematoma."
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/828005-overview>

MedTerms.com. "INR."
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014

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