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Child fell and banged cheek. Had bruise leaving a dent. Is it permanent?

My daughter was climbing on the monkey bars and fell off and banged her cheek on the way down. She had a bad bruise for about two weeks. Now it is gone and she was left with a dent. We have just made an appt to see the pediatrician tomorrow but I am so upset from reading others posts that the dent is permanent. Are they all permanent?
Asked On : Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Thank you for your query.

I can understand your concern. However, it is very difficult for me to say whether the dent in your daughter's case will be permanent or not without either examining or seeing a photograph. You are doing the right thing by seeing the doctor.

Most likely there might have been a fracture of the cheek bone which was over looked due to the bruise. Now that the bruise has disappeared the fracture may be evident. In most of the cases nothing needs to be done as there is no moveable joint on the cheek and it should heal in due course of time.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your daughter all the best.


Rajiv K Khandelwal
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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