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What causes a lump on head after an injury?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: I fell 2 weeks ago and hit my head on the dresser, I'm 59 yr old female, I'm not having any symptons but still have a med size hard lump on top of my head, is this normal and how long should it take to go away?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
fibrous tissue

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Trauma can result in the formation of fibrous tissue (scar tissue). It occurs as a result of inflammatory response due to the injury.

The amount of scar tissue can vary from one injury to the next.

Normally the area is not painful or only slightly so. It is usually firm or hard to the touch.

It can take weeks to months for the area to improve and in some cases, the scar tissue may not completely disappear.

At this stage there is no treatment. If it does resolve to your satisfaction then you would need to consider visiting your doctor.

In some cases of scar tissue the use of steroid injections or office procedures to remove the tissue may be helpful.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (4 minutes later)
That answers my question and helps me to feel better to know that is normal, I would like to leave this open just incase I do think of something I forgot to say or ask but thank you for your help that puts my mind at ease.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
no problem

Detailed Answer:
feel free to contact with any other queries
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes a lump on head after an injury?

Brief Answer: fibrous tissue Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Trauma can result in the formation of fibrous tissue (scar tissue). It occurs as a result of inflammatory response due to the injury. The amount of scar tissue can vary from one injury to the next. Normally the area is not painful or only slightly so. It is usually firm or hard to the touch. It can take weeks to months for the area to improve and in some cases, the scar tissue may not completely disappear. At this stage there is no treatment. If it does resolve to your satisfaction then you would need to consider visiting your doctor. In some cases of scar tissue the use of steroid injections or office procedures to remove the tissue may be helpful. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions