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6 Cases of Ecchymosis: Can You ID the Causes?


The 6 cases here provide a sampling of the many possible causes of bruising and a test of your diagnostic acumen.

Bruises occur with injury and for a variety of other reasons-or no apparent reason. The cases in the slides above provide a sampling of the many possible factors and a test of your diagnostic acumen.


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