Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a bump on my forehead which is the result of a fall. I’ve tried putting ice bags on it as well as the white of an egg to shrink it’s size. It’s become smaller but I can’t seem to find a way to get rid of it. I’ve been in the hospital after the fall and ice bags were applied to the bump and a test was done to determine that there are no broken bones. Please help me get rid of the bump. Thanks!
A: One key question is how long has it been since this head injury has occurred. Often times small hematomas may occur and this, combined with swelling, can take months to resolve on their own. But they usually will go away completely on their own if given enough time. If the hematoma is big enough, and one can tell that it is if it feels very spongy and compressible, then the hematoma should be aspirated for more rapid and assured resolution. If the injury was more than 3 to 6 months ago, a hematoma may becoming calcified which could result in a bump which will not go away on its own without surgical intervention. (limited cranial reduction)
Dr. Barry Eppley