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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.


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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