ZocdocAnswersCould the reddish bruise on my knee be a sign of internal bleeding?

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Could the reddish bruise on my knee be a sign of internal bleeding?

When I was walking through my apartment, I caught my knee on a low table. The bruise is reddish in color and hurts pretty bad. Could this be internal bleeding?

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It sounds like you hit your knee pretty hard on that table. Any time you hit any part of your body on a hard object, there is always the potential to break small blood vessels under the skin. This can cause internal bleeding. This small amount of bleeding causes a bruise. Bruises are typically blue in color and are not a huge concern for your health. Your injury sounds a little different. A reddish bump is usually a sign of a bit more blood and can happen when the injury is more severe. We call a collection of blood like this a hematoma. Most of the time, these injuries heal themselves. However, sometimes these bruises can represent more severe injuries that should be looked into. If you are a person that has bruised easy with other minor injuries, then you may have a blood clotting disorders. These are disorders in which the blood does not clot as easily which results in more bleeding when the blood vessels break. I think that you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can take a close look at your knee and make sure that the joint is not injured more than a simple bruise.

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