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Alternate Names : Purpura, Hematoma, Ecchymoses, Contusion, Petechiae

Bruising | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What other signs and symptoms are associated with this symptom?

Symptoms of bruising vary depending on the cause of the bruising. The bruise may be very small and may blend in with the texture of the skin, or it may be large, swollen, and painful.

When evaluating symptoms, the healthcare provider may want to know:

  • if there is a family history of bleeding problems
  • when and where the bruises were discovered
  • if the person is taking any medications
  • what the person has eaten lately
  • if there is any history of trauma or recent injury
  • if the person has recently had a blood transfusion
  • if there is any history of vomiting blood, blood in the stools, nosebleeds, or bleeding gums
  • if there is any fever or other symptoms related to other parts of the body, such as diarrhea, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain, abdominal distress, nausea, pain in the extremities, swelling in the extremities, heavy menstrual bleeding, weakness, weight loss, dizziness, or confusion

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    Bruising: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Bruising: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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