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Hi, I have a hematoma on my thigh after a motorcycle accident, bruising has gone down in the past 2 weeks since accident. I have used heat after the first 48 hrs (in which I used RICE). I have been using gentle stretching as prescribed by physical therapist friend. I am wondering if the hematoma poses a risk for clotting since I had an atrial septum defect repaired 3.5 years ago. Can I continue to treat with Advil, heat, stretching and gentle massage or do I need to see a doctor?
The hematoma should not pose a realistic risk for forming a clot in your veins. It should get gradually smaller as it is reabsorbed by the body, although the process may take months. If it enlarges, becomes more painful, appears red or infected, or your leg starts to swell, then you should see your physician immediately. Although the ASD is a potential concern, it is only significant if a blood clot formed in your veins, dislodged and traveled to your heart, and the repair had not ben successful. There are plenty of people with an ASD who have had an uneventful recovery from a similar injury.