Contusions, Strains, and Sprains Figure 1

Figure 1: Injury and hematoma in a 6-week-old male rat.
Case history and photos


Male dumbo approximately 6 weeks old.

Clinical Signs

Presented with an injury, which resembles a contusion or sprain, while playing. A hematoma resulted from the unresolved absorption of blood at the time of the injury.


Warm moist heat was tried without success, and because the injury was small, with no visible signs of infection, the site was cleansed with an antiseptic, and then incised with a sterile surgical blade and drained.


Injury and hematoma resolved. No mobility impairment.


injury to foot

Photo 1: Injury to left forefoot.

cleansing foot

Photo 2: Cleansing with antiseptic solution.

incision and drain

Photo 3: Incision with sterile surgical blade and drainage of hematoma.


Photo: 4: Hematoma drained and area cleansed.

Case history and photos courtesy of Bellaratta’s Nest Rattery


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