ASK A QUESTION what is a hematoma? que es un hematoma
what is a hematoma?
A hematoma, or haematoma, is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels, usually in liquid form within the tissue.
Un hematoma es una acumulación de sangre, causado por la rotura de vasos capilares, que aparece generalmente como respuesta corporal resultante de un golpe, una contusión o una magulladura.
Hematoma en el codo, nueve días después de una extracción de sangre.
It's also known as a bruise - una moradura.
I agree with Stadt. A bruise might be a minor subset of a hematoma but I don't usually think of a bruise when that word is used.
Stop, stop, you're both right.....the severity of a hematoma can range anywhere from a minor bruise to a large collection of blood outside of the vessels that needs surgical intervention and evacuation. But both are, by definition, hematomas.
It's much like the word laceration....that can be anything from a paper cut to a near decapitation. It's all a matter of degree. That's why both words are commonly modified with an adjective when one is describing it medically....a small hematoma...a 7 cm hematoma...numerous small lacerations....a major, gaping laceration etc.
Ok I don't want to get into too much detail but I've had to have a hematoma removed and let me tell you it is N O T a bruise. Bruises lay flat against the skin, like in the picture here. A hematoma protrudes from the body, and that's all I'm gonna say. Suffice it to say you don't want one.