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Punch on the temple, dizziness followed by swelling, minor headache. Opinion?

I got jumped yesterday, I was punched in the temple. It knocked me dizzy for a very short time then I was fine. It is swollen on the OUTSIDE, I m hoping this is a good thing as it means there is no internal swelling? I haven t been dizzy since the actual blow, just sore to the touch like a bruise , and a very minor headache . What is your opinion? Thank you, Aaron.
Asked On : Wed, 31 Oct 2012
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Nov 2013
Hi Aaron,

Thank you for posting your query.

First of all, I wish to reassure you that your symptoms are not suggestive of internal brain injury.

The swelling outside is due to a scalp hematoma (bleeding underneath the skin).

As of now, there is no need to worry.

However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor and get a CT scan of the brain done:

Severe headache,
Recurrent vomiting,
Double vision,
Fits,
Weakness of hand or leg.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Wed, 31 Oct 2012
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