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Monday, November 10, 2008

Contusions

Contusions are caused by blunt violence: blows, punches, fails, crushing, trapping. The extent of the damage depends on the kind of tissue affected bruises of soft parts are usually harmless, but there may also be severe tissue damage. Contusions of organs however can be dangerous, when the impact of the force is transmitted to internal organs.

Symptoms and Signs

  • Swelling
  • Bluish purplish discoloration (hematoma)
  • Pain

Danger

Bleeding and injuries of internal organs; severe contusions cause loss of blood into the tissue.

Fist Aid

  • Consult a doctor in case of:
  • Extensive hematomas
  • Suspicion of internal injuries,
If the doctor does not diagnose any severe damage:
  • Immobilize and raise the injured part.
  • Apply cold compresses.

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