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Happy Medical Monday! Each Monday I’d love to feature something interesting in medicine whether it be a disease, disorder, or fun fact about the body. Today’s Medical Monday is all about what happened in the second picture. The visual is unfortunately my leg after an accident on a moped while on vacation. Long story short I ended up with that whopper intramuscular hematoma on my leg.
What is a hematoma though? A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of a vessel. And there are a variety of different types. In my case it was intramuscular- with intra meaning within in Latin so basically within the muscle. Injuries like this one are usually a result of some sort of blunt trauma. In this case I hit a pole and my leg took the impact. Luckily it wasn’t worse. I treated my leg by cleansing the road rash with mild soap and water to wash out the debris and dirt. Then RICE:
Lucky for me it wasn’t worse and it did not turn into compartment syndrome. I was fortunate that I walked out with minor injuries compared to what could have happened. I visited my physician after I returned and she told me the squishy part of my thigh was blood that had to just reabsorb.. and it has! It’s a bummer I still have a scar from a year ago, people always think it’s a bruise. 😂
Anybody else experience something like this? *
**it starts with the heart**
Disclaimer: there’s only so much I can type on here so this is all a general overview. I’m also still a student so I do make mistakes and do my best to research accurate info to share. If something is off though please do let me know! Thank you :) *
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