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Sudden unexplained bruise behind dd's knee...what could this be? DH wants to take her to a & e as he's worried about her.

(26 Posts)
OrWellyAnn Sun 21-Apr-13 19:54:09

I'm guessing it's just a knock she didn't notice, but she is very oversensitive to things like that and would usually shout if she'd hurt herself. Just trying to rule out anything sinister and google chucks up nothing...

headlesslambrini Sun 21-Apr-13 19:57:28

she probably stood up too quickly and knocked the chair behind her or something equally as silly. Has she any other symptoms? I wouldn't go to A&E over a bruise but if you are worried get an appointment tomorrow with your GP.

OrWellyAnn Sun 21-Apr-13 20:02:37

this is what I think headless, DH is panicked because his sister was very I'll with DVT earlier this year.

I get them when I overexert myself, wonky knee joints. I don't usually feel it happening but might feel a bit tender there for a few days after.

Has she been running around a lot today?

OrWellyAnn Sun 21-Apr-13 20:16:45

Not more than usual but she's a real outdoor girl so she does a klot. She rode today actually...hadn't thought of that, she may have whacked herself jumping, she probably wouldn't notice then! smile ok, thanks both of you, i'll scrape DH off the celing and calm him down!

Scheherezade Sun 21-Apr-13 20:32:48

If she rides the jodphurs could be tight behind her knee, or if it's long boots she wears they can press in and bruise.

TheChaoGoesMu Sun 21-Apr-13 20:35:12

Its an unusual place to get a bruise, but not impossible. If you're worried then get her checked out by the gp tomorrow.

EMS23 Sun 21-Apr-13 20:39:04

I got a ridiculously large and colourful bruise on the back of my knee once after I twisted it. The twist wasn't particularly painful so the massive bruise was a surprise.
I did it skiing... If you're familiar with skiing, I was in snowplough and pushed out too wide at the back.

OrWellyAnn Sun 21-Apr-13 20:39:19

Short boots Scherezade, and loose Jodhs...but I've nipped my skin in that place myself if my stirrups have been twisted, so maybe that. If she's displaying any unusual signs of soreness tomorrow I'll nip her to the gp.

MERLYPUSS Mon 22-Apr-13 12:50:26

How old is she? My son got a bruise in the crease of his knee by falling bum first into a bucket whilst helping wash the car. It was spectacular but nothing serious. She may've done something similar knocking it somehow.

PoppyWearer Mon 22-Apr-13 12:58:26

I fell on my bum recently, hard, and my tailbone really hurt, still dos, but it was behind my knee that bruised, badly - I don't remember hitting my knee.

Hope she is ok, OP.

wetsand Mon 22-Apr-13 13:08:50

If there is no explanation, you should be worried about a bruise that is not over a bony prominence (knee cap, elbow, shin etc) may be worth checking with GP

Toodledoodle Mon 22-Apr-13 13:13:34

I once had a huge one when I was little. I had been sitting on a metal bench with and had been swinging my legs vigorously (as you do when you are little). I suppose a swing would do the same thing.

I've had DVT but there was no bruise (slightly swollen leg but not so's you'd notice) and I found it very uncomfortable to put my foot down flat.

Bruises are either get one and have no idea how, or drop a heavy pan on your foot and get nothing. Has she got other bruises?

BackforGood Mon 22-Apr-13 13:15:08

No wonder so may A&E departments are overstretched - REALLY ??? I mean REALLY ??? The very thought that it would even enter someone's head to go to A&E because an active child doesn't remember how they got a bruise, just beggars belief.shock

clam Mon 22-Apr-13 13:22:31

Could be worse BackforGood. They could have called an ambulance! wink
<runs away>

Toodledoodle Mon 22-Apr-13 13:23:53

He was probably joking?

I had to dragged to A+E with my DVT ("I'm fine, I can walk, it's nothing, I'll be ok, I'm going to work...") and it was full of people with coughs and colds (there was a nasty flu going around, but still...).

BackforGood Mon 22-Apr-13 13:28:08

Well I hope so Toodle but that's not that apparent in the OP.

OrWellyAnn Tue 23-Apr-13 09:00:56

No wonder so may A&E departments are overstretched - REALLY ??? I mean REALLY ??? The very thought that it would even enter someone's head to go to A&E because an active child doesn't remember how they got a bruise, just beggars belief.

Which is why I was on here, checking it out to reassure him. There was no way I was going to a and e for a bruise. He was just freaked out becAuse of the DVT issue. He is usually a hugely rational man...dd is his Achilles heel! smile

OrWellyAnn Tue 23-Apr-13 09:03:04

smile clam. I realise from my op that we could easily be mistaken for hysterical parents, but I honestly had no intention of taking her, just needed DH to hear he was being a Sally from someone other than me!

OrWellyAnn Tue 23-Apr-13 09:03:32


dingit Tue 23-Apr-13 09:06:02

My sil died of meningitis. You should see me panic if mine have headache/ temperature etc. I don't blame you for being worried.

duchesse Tue 23-Apr-13 09:10:42

It's quite difficult to bruise the back of a knee. Just saying. That's why it's slightly odd.

I'd watch it and check it's going through the usual yellowing etc and not looking odd over the next few days, and take any reports of pain seriously.

UnChartered Tue 23-Apr-13 09:16:52

DD had a bruise at the back of her knee after she twisted her knee trampolining a few weeks ago

it's difficult to judge her 'real' pain/injury as she has SPD, so everything is a major concern for her, but the next day she'd forgotten about it - i noticed the bruising when she came out of the bath the day after.

i hope this is the case with your DD, OP, but i can totally understand your concern. a missed injury can cause massive problems later in life

Helspopje Tue 23-Apr-13 09:20:03

bruising in funny places without memory of a knock is unusual.
if she were mine, id be checking her out for other funny bruising, excessive tiredness, other odd sx and would have a low threshold for taking her to the GP
DVT (particularly in a child) would not be high on my list

COI - paediatric haematologist

waikikamookau Tue 23-Apr-13 09:22:10

does she get bruises on her arms?
I would try school nurse?

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