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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.

REFERENCES:

Liebeskind, S. et al. "Intracranial Hemorrhage." Medscape. Dec. 4, 2014.

Liebeskind, S. et al. "Epidural Hematoma." Medscape. Apr. 28, 014.

Olson, D. et al. "Head Injury." Medscape. Dec. 22, 2014.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2015

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