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How long to be concerned?

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  • Posted By: RetiredTooSoon
  • April 10, 2009
  • 04:01 AM

I fell down a flight of stairs last Wednesday. I have a huge, very odd looking lump on my very bruised right calf that feels like a water balloon under the skin.

I had been seen in ER the night of the fall, but the leg's injury was firm then-the water balloon feeling has been the last 4-5 days. I have swelling of my foot and leg as well as plenty of bruising and general discomfort related to the 'water balloon' and location of the(~20x10cm) bruising, but no alteration in temperature or sensation.

I saw my doctor today who told me that the 'balloon' is likely blood from a large ruptured blood vessel in my leg and to watch out for compartment syndrome as the healing process continues and to rest my leg as much as possible and even ice it a bit if I like.

My question is: How long am I at risk for compartment syndrome? If she told me, I don't remember (I got a concussion with the same fall). I'm guessing that as the vessel tries to heal around all that blood, there's also a risk for clots; again, how long would I need to be vigilant for that complication?

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