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Should i trephine subungual hematoma?

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Hi, I would like to know whether or not I should trephine my subungual hematoma?
Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Follow-up: Should i trephine subungual hematoma? 8 minutes later
It has been about a day since my injury and it has not gotten better.
Answered by Dr. Rajinder Bajoria 1 hour later

Thanks for the query.     

Post injury subungual hematoma is quite common. It takes a few days to subside.

If it is not increasing in size and pain is under control with pain medicines, there is no need for trephining.

It is better to wait for few days.

Hope I have answered your query, I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

Wish you Good Health and trouble free speedy recovery.


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