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How is a hematoma diagnosed?

A hematoma is diagnosed based on classic symptoms of localized skin discoloration, pain, and swelling. Hematomas can occur under the skin, within muscle, or bone. A doctor should be consulted if there is extreme pain in the location of the bruise. The pain may be caused by the pressure exerted by the pocket of blood on the soft tissue, which may cut off the vital supply of oxygen to these areas. A doctor should also be consulted if hematomas form without having experienced an injury, like a bump or crash.

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