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Subungual Hematoma (Bleeding Under Nail) (cont.)

Subungual Hematoma Diagnosis

  • X-ray
    • Often, an X-ray is taken to look for the possibility of a fracture (break) to the underlying bone.
    • X-rays do not provide any information regarding the bleeding or hematoma formation underneath the nail.
  • Nail bed evaluation
    • Depending on the type of injury and the degree of the injury and how much blood forms under the nail, the doctor may decide to remove the nail to check the nail bed for lacerations (cuts). While it used to be customary to have the nail removed to examine the nail bed for lacerations or injuries, this is no longer routine practice if the nail edges or margins are intact.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
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