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How Long do Hematomas take to heal

Hi I got hit by a baseball about 4 weeks ago in the face (on the left cheekbone). The bruising has subsided but there is still a bump on the tip of my cheekbone about a 1/4 inch in length width and thickness. i went to the doctor yesterday and she said that it might take several months to subside but they usually do go away by themselves, especially hematomas this small. however, i am a little concerned, and she isnt a dermatologist. my question is do hematomas this size usually go away by themselves? if not, what should i do to help it go away?
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Hello,
The blood under the skin which causes the discoloration of bruising should be totally reabsorbed by the body in three weeks or less. The hematoma should resolve by one to one and a half month. Apply warm compresses and take some oral anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen or Diclofenac. If the hematoma persists then please get it evaluated from a surgeon. The blood may need to be drained. Less commonly, it may develop calcium deposits at the injury site in a process called heterotopic ossification.
Hope it helps .Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional queries. Kind regards.

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Hi Dr. Kaur, thank you for your reply to my question. I have another question relating to the injury. During the second week of the injury, I became aware of the hematoma and started rubbing it vigorously to try to break down the tissue. Now, the hematoma has more or less subsided but there is discoloration under my eye and on the side of my cheek from rubbing. Will these eventually go away, or are these permanent? Also, exactly how prevalent is heterotopic ossification? I did some research online, and it seems that it occurs almost exclusively with spinal cord injuries.

Thanks!
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Hello,
This discoloration of the skin is after vigorous rubbing and is not permanent and should go away. Heterotrophic means wrong place and ossification means bone formation. It is the growth of bone material in the soft tissues of the body and it does not occur exclusively with spinal cord injuries. When heterotopic ossification is caused by trauma or an injury, it is known as heterotopic ossification traumatic and it may occur anywhere.
Hope it helps .Take care and regards.

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Thanks again for your reply, Doctor. How long should it take for the discoloration to disappear? The discoloration hasnt really gone down significantly in the last couple of weeks , and is there anything i can do to help speed it along?

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Dr. kaur,

My son had this same experiance re getting hit with a baseball in the face / cheek and i think his current state is similar to your answer regarding "heterotopic ossification."
If this is the case, then how is heterotopic ossification treated, please ?
thanks !

Hello,
The blood under the skin which causes the discoloration of bruising should be totally reabsorbed by the body in three weeks or less. The hematoma should resolve by one to one and a half month. Apply warm compresses and take some oral anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen or Diclofenac. If the hematoma persists then please get it evaluated from a surgeon. The blood may need to be drained. Less commonly, it may develop calcium deposits at the injury site in a process called heterotopic ossification.
Hope it helps .Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional queries. Kind regards.
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In October 2010 I had the "emergency" to avoid paralysis surgery at C6/7 with fusion. I thought this was a complete diskectomy but later found out it was only partial. They inserted a metal plate and something "plastic" instead of a bone graft. I have terrible nerve pain across my back and chest and down my left arm to numb fingers. I had none of this prior to surgery. A post-surgery mri shows EITHER a new herniation at the exact same spot or a hematoma. Either way the doctor says I need immediate surgery to "fix it". I cannot handle a second surgery right after the first one. I still have not regained my voice and have difficulty swallowing (from the anesthesia?)

I cannot face another surgery. I wonder if my hematoma will resolve or re-absorb? Anyone out there have some information? Thanks
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Hello Doctor Kaur how are you?

My girl is suffering from a subdural Hematoma where it happened in a car accident. Now from this they had to perform a crainatomy (forgive me if i spelt it wrong) As they had to remove the clot from the brain, and now they have removed a bone flap from the skull which is quite big do reduce inter cranial pressure. She is in a comatose condition as well, and there are a lot of symptoms that occur whilst having a Subdural Hematoma as you know.

There was another topic mentioned due to her condition it involved the word 'cerebal' as well. So if you can guide me with this?

I am not a medical student i am a law student so please guide me thank you
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i was hit on my cheek for 2 weeks ago. I don't have a black eye anymore, but there is a huge lump on my cheekbone, which also is discoloured. Is there anyway to make it heal faster?
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l hit my fore head on a wall and have a hematoma(the size of a golf ball) developing that l have treated for the past nine months. l tried medical help but my doctors told me it will go by itself with time. Doc what do you say cos am worried.
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I was involved in a car accident 4 months ago and suffered a very large hematoma to my forehead. it has gone down dramtically and have no color of a bruise anymore, but still have an indintion on my forehead! when i raise my eyebrows i have an indention where the hemotama was, and a bumb that is still sore to the touch if i rub on it. Will this ever go away and will my forehead look normall ever again?
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I fell off my horse and slammed into a steel pipe railing with the left side of my face and rib cage.  I have a softball sized hematoma in my left breast (extremely painful)! And another golf all sized hematoma on my left cheek.  I have 4 broken ribs (1 is displaced), and a burst fracture on the floor of my left eye socket( which I will most likely have surgery to repair.  
Although the bruising is going away, the size of the hematomas has not diminished.  I have taken photos all along the way too monitor this process.  
What can be done about the hematomas?  My business requires me to meet with attorneys and CEO's of companies.  I feel this injury will be devastating to my business and add to financial ruin.  What if they never go away?
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I've had a hematoma on my spine for about 3 months now (that i am aware of) . I cant always feel it and can never see it, except when i get dry needled in that area. Should I wait a little longer? or what?
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My son ran into a pole about 4 weeks ago. The bruising has resided slightly, but a small bump remains on his cheek and is a blackish bluish colour. He is 7 years old and I'm not keen to irritate by massaging or placing warm clothes on his face. How long does it really take to heal? Anyone can provide a timeline based on experience would be grateful. Thanks.
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Could Depo shots cause hematoma or clot?
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I suffered a bad fall back in August of 2012. Most of the discoloration from the hematoma went away and skin texture is almost back to normal. However, the right knee which suffered the severe hematoma (my leg from right above the knee down to my toes had deep tissue bruising as well) has not totally gone away as well as where I suffered deep tissue bruising in the left leg. I've been told its not fluid, which I believe since they've been getting hard, but iron deposits that still remain from blood not getting totally reabsorbed.  I've been told it takes a long time for this to go away but may never do so.  

I don't only want to know how much can be done to help facilitate its desolving, I do use hot packs, but how much longer will I continue to suffer pain, usually hot burning pain like hundreds of hot needles rushing into the area to feeling like someone is torching the site to complete sharp pain in the right knee and part of the leg as well? The swelling on the knee will also sometimes feel like its ready to burst as if it were an extremely bad, large pimple. Unfortunately a few weeks post the fall when the swelling was still quite bad on the knees, I was told not to have it punctured with a needle. I was told this by more than one doctor.

As I said, it's gotten hard instead of gelatoneous. Am I likely with it in this state to suffer with this pain and remaining swelling the rest of my life?
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Hi,

10 days ago I got a football injury on the side of my shin which swell up about 4 inshes. A day later I had a bruise (lump) about 2 inches long and 1 inch up and my foot is swollen and very week. Now it has been 10 days the bruise is still there and my foot is still week, I struggle to walk. Please can you give me some advice.
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Hi I fell on concrete on my side and bruised the side of my thigh badly and a lump developed and it's been 4 weeks and the lump is still there and makes my thigh look weird and uneven my question is how do I get ride of it and make it go back to normal because I'm very young and it's unattractive
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My husband got hit on cheek bone almost 3 yrs ago. The hematoma has grown and is very noticeable. He is very insecure. What can we do and what are the going prices of draining
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Hello Dr Kaur,
I fell and hit my left cheek on a stair about nine months ago. After all this time i still have a hematoma on my cheek and i cannot smile properly. The cheek muscle is hard and still is a little tender when i touch it, is there anyyhing i can do?
Thank you,
                    Laura Molnar
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I had a fall over a month ago - on my bum.  The bruising has gone away - but I have a hematoma the size of a dinner plate in diameter - and is about 5 inches high.

So painful.  I sit on a heating pad for 10-15 minutes very frequently.  

I am so tired of this - how long can I expect to wait before it goes away?
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Hello,i got a quinine injection last year in the beggining of december,now after several months am feeling a lump on my gutael muscles where i was injected. what could have happen and what can i do to make it go away? Its painless but just kind of irritating
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dear doctor, I had a tooth pulled 4 wks ago one week after I had my tooth pulled I had ableed, I am on Coumadin, I was off for 2 days before the procedure, had no bleeding very little, but week after started bleeding had to go back to dentist get the whole packed and stitched. He gave me 10 novicaines I got a hematoma and lost feeling in my lip and chin still have no feeling will this resolve.  I'm having a lot of pain in my jaw and gland in my neck.I went back several times to dentist he said its gonna take weeks...still in pain can hardly speak and eat.
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Hello, I just saw your post from april 2011 about your hematoma...I was just wondering did it go away ??
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Hello Dr. Kaur and thank you for your help.

A couple of days ago I had heart stints put in through an artery in my groin area.  When the catheter was rem oved from the incision the nurse or PA, whomever removed it, must have done something to cause a hematoma.  In an effort to disperse the blood from the hematoma the blood went out of the hematoma and down into my groin area and privates.  It is black and deathly sore from my navel down through my privates area.  My penis is swollen 3 to 4 times the usual size making me very uncomfortable and I can barely urinate.  What can I do to help the situation myself and should I go see my Urologist?  I am also very concerned about what this might turn in to!!
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Hi, i had a subtotal hysterectomy  the day after the op i had developed a hematoma above the incisicion .the wound has healed lovely and i am now in to 3 wks .The hematoma is very hard burns and has made it difficult for me to walk.It has reduced in size but it is still very large.What should i do its really getting me down.
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I hope you have completely recovered. I know this is an old post, but I am curious of your progress and healing. I had a similar accident 2 months ago and suffered 6 broken and displaced ribs, a fractured skull, concussion, and had a 10 cm hematoma on my left hip. Everything seems to be healing ok, but the hematoma does not seem to be improving. How did you eventually resolve those issues?
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