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Most hematomas resolve spontaneously and need no further evaluation.
Since blood is a rich medium full of nutrients, some hematomas may become infected. Individuals with a hematoma should monitor for signs of increased pain, warmth, and redness. This may be difficult to differentiate from the symptoms of inflammation of the hematoma itself. However, infections often are associated with fever and there may be pus and red streaking that develops around the hematomas that give clues that an infection is brewing.
Patients taking blood thinners may be at risk for continued bleeding and the amount of bleeding may need to be monitored by repeated blood tests measuring the hemoglobin and INR.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014
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