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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Persistent bruising

10/06/2006

Question:

I`ve had a big bruise on my shin for almost a year now, should I be concerned? How come it hasn`t gone away yet?

Answer:

Generally, bruises do clear up. An important question is, was this bruise due to trauma and is increased bruising happening? Also, older people (over 65) may have continued bruising which does not go away quickly due to changes in their skin.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University