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Had fall, bruising and swelling on leg, pain when moving. Internal bleeding?

Elderly woman fell 2 days ago. Emt said she was fine. Now there is severe pain when moving,deep purple bruising and swelling on her right side more towards the back. I babysit her during the day and am wondering if there is an under lying issue like internal bleeding? She isn t in pain except when she is getting up or down and occasionally walking. Should I let her daughter know that she should be checked out by a doctor? I think she should go but have no legal right to take her. She also suffers from frontal lobe dementia so she doesn t all the time tell you what hurts or what doesn t. Thanks
Asked On : Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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The presence of pain on moving and purple bruise is suggestive of a soft tissue injury. But in such patients, thorough examination is necessary to rule out any bony injury or a head injury. You can inform her daughter about her symptoms.
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Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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