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Help!! Anyone know of a Keloid?? Help!! Anyone know of a Keloid??

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Unread 11-21-2003, 09:01 AM
Help!! Anyone know of a Keloid??

Hi sisters..TAH BSO on Oct. 22. Called my doc as I noticed some redness and warm to the touch feeling about 2 inches above my incision. Do not have a fever and I also have the same bruise right in the middle of my abdomen although it has lightened quite a bit since surgery. Anyway, nurse called me back and said it sounded like a keloid and asked if my doc had told me to massage this area to break up possible scar tissue which may be forming. The doc never told me about this and have not seen her since surgery. Anyway nurse told me not to try to break this up myself until doc looks at it on Monday...anyone relate to what I am talking about? She also said if I spiked a fever to call the on-call doc. Thanks for listening.
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Unread 11-21-2003, 09:07 AM

Hi there

A keloid is formed by overactive scar tissue. For whatever reason, African and Asian people are prone to forming those.
Hope this helps.
Unread 11-21-2003, 11:41 AM
Help!! Anyone know of a Keloid??

I had knee surgery 16 years ago and when I went for a post-walking check up the doc. said "Oh, if I'd known you were keloid I would have left the cast on longer." Seems it is as the previous poster stated - overactive scar tissue. There is really know way for the doc to know ahead of time if it will happen and even though it happened to my knee scars (there are about a cm. wide in spots) that did not mean it would happen to my abdominal scar. Also, the skin layer may feel fine but the other layers may keloid underneath.

I like you have a hard area under my insicion that had bruised but I haven't mentioned it to my doc. Please post again after your apointment and let us know what's up.

Hope all goes well,
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Unread 11-21-2003, 01:12 PM
Help!! Anyone know of a Keloid??

Hi Deb A keloid is a type of scar... I have one from my colon surgery earlier this year. It is typically raised, red and shiny, and extends past the original incision.

What you are describing sounds more like some type of internal bruising, and I agree, it's best not to disturb it until your DR can get a look at it. If it gets redder or bigger, do get it seen ASAP, ok?

Let us know how your appointment goes, I hope everything is just fine.

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