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Abdominal Contusion Overview

What is an abdominal contusion?
A person with an abdominal contusion has a bruise to the abdominal wall. A bruise is a collection of blood beneath the skin, caused by blood vessels that have broken at the time of an injury. An abdominal contusion may involve an injury to the skin, or the muscles beneath the skin.

What are the symptoms of an abdominal contusion?
The most common symptoms of an abdominal contusion include abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness, and bruising of the abdomen.

How does the doctor treat an abdominal contusion?
Most abdominal contusion injuries can be treated at home with cold compresses and nonprescription pain medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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