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HAEMATOCELE (Gr. aiya, blood, and rd7...

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 805 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HAEMATOCELE (Gr. aiya, blood, and rd7X17, tumour), the medical term for a localized collection of blood in the tunica vaginalis or cord. It is usually the result of a sudden blow or severe strain, but may arise from disease. At first it forms a smooth, fluctuating, opaque swelling, but later becomes hard and firm. In chronic cases the walls of the tunica vaginalis undergo changes. The treatment of a case seen soon after the injury is directed towards keeping the patient at rest, elevating the parts, and applying an evaporating lotion or ice-bag. In chronic cases it may be necessary to lay open the cavity and remove the coagulum.
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