Lower leg haematomas: Potential for complications in older people

Pagan, M.; Hunter, J.
March 2011
Wound Practice & Research;Mar2011, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p21
Academic Journal
Older people are a high-risk population for lower leg soft-tissue injuries with the potential of haematoma development that can then create complications of infection, skin loss leading to chronic wounds and can potentially develop into lipomas or other soft-tissue mass. Lower leg haematomas are seldom reported in the literature or may be included in pretibial injury definitions. The New Zealand Southern Wound Service has experienced spontaneous and injury-related haematoma presentations. This case report presents a literature review and discusses and illustrates early and late intervention and provides recommendations for practice.


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