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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics
|NervousNelly81 - Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:05 am||
On April 6th 2009, I had a C-section. Very soon after my surgery a large hematoma the size of a grapefruit appeared on my abdomen. I was loosing blood and needed 3 transfusions. The hematoma turned hot and hard. It turned out I had absesses with 2 liters of infected fluid! I needed a catheter in my abdomen and PICC line to remove infection. I was very sick.
The CT scan showed no more infection. All that is left is a small faint bruise on my abdomen. It is still tender if I poke it. 2 doctors checked my bruise and said it was soft, and would go away in a few months. A few months have passed, and I was wondering how long can a bruise last? I am a little nervous! Thank you so much!
|Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:04 pm||
It appears that you had developed a post-operative hemorrhage/hematoma, leading to perhaps, an organ/space surgical site infection.
Thankfully, it appears to be settling down, although you notice some induration.
Some un-drained abscesses following antibiotic therapy, tend to remain indurated, like a mass. These are sometimes referred to as "antibiomas".It is possible that in your case, an area of the original abscess might have turned into an antibioma-like situation.Hopefully this should settle down sponteneously. However, you should watch out for any signs of fever or increasing tenderness and report to your surgeon in case these occur.
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