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Blackened leg due to a fall. Big mass sticking out of the leg. Not able to talk. Have dementia. What could this be?

my 65 year old mum has dementia . She had a fall recently and her whole outside thigh from top to bottom went black. She is walking fine but cannot talk any more. Today I have noticed that the bruising has gone but there is a massive lump (about the size of a hand stretched out) sticking out of her leg. She won t let me touch it. I m taking her for an xray tomorrow but have no idea what this could be? Any ideas please?
Asked On : Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

It would have been better if you had specified the exact location of the lump.

My guess is this some kind of localised collection developed as a result of trauma / inflammation. Though bone fractures are less likely, it still cannot be ruled out.

The condition warrants immediate medical attention. I would suggest you to visit your doctor at the earliest. If the orthopedic appointment is not possible immediately, a visit to the nearest ER is warranted.

Meanwhile, rest and ice the affected limb. You may use over the counter antiinflammatory drugs such as advil for symptom relief.

Hope this helps.

Answered: Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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