HEMATOMA

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Your horse has a large lump on his hindquar­ters, about the size of a soft­ball, that wasn’t there yes­ter­day. The lump is slightly squishy and the same tem­per­a­ture as the sur­round­ing skin. He isn’t lame or in pain. What’s go­ing on?

Chances are you’re deal­ing with a hematoma, an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of blood in tis­sue spa­ces. He­matomas typ­i­cally form af­ter a trauma, such as a kick from a pas­ture­mate. The force of the blow sep­a­rates tis­sues, cre­at­ing a space, and rup­tures ves­sels that al­low blood to spill into that space. The re­sult is a large, firm lump that forms quickly---lit­er­ally overnight in some cases.

For­tu­nately, a horse’s body is pretty good at re­sorb­ing blood over time. With no in­ter­ven­tion, the hematoma will grad­u­ally get firmer

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