Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96. Only days before she showed up with the new Prime Minister Liz Truss. A large bruise was noticed on the Queen’s hand. What’s behind it?

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She received the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday. From this meeting there is a photo showing the greeting of the two. One detail is striking: the Queen’s right hand has a large, dark blue spot. It looks like a large hematoma. The fingertips are also conspicuous, in the photo they appear gray, almost whitish.

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Shortly after the picture was published, there was speculation about what could be the reason for the hematoma. Many speculated that the bruise might have been caused by an IV. For heart specialist Stefan Waller, it looks like these assumptions are correct. “It clearly looks like the consequences of an intravenous access, a so-called Braunüle,” said the Munich doctor FOCUS online.

Such an access is created in order to supply a patient with medication, for example intravenously. “If you then remove this access, it can lead to a hematoma. This is more often the case with older people in particular, as they have very fragile blood vessels that bleed more easily.

Uta Schlossberger, specialist in dermatology and venereology, said to t-online: “Of course it’s not 100 percent easy to recognize. From my experience with older patients in the practice, however, this is a large hematoma. People, especially those of advanced age, are very often prescribed blood thinners such as Marcumar or Ass.”

This reduces the risk of a heart attack, for example. But these medications have a side effect: “If these people bump into each other, it becomes a large, flat hematoma. Often just a small push or pressure is enough.” Such hematomas could then cover the entire body, but often forearms and hands.

As British media reports, the now deceased monarch had a similar hematoma on her hands in previous public appearances. For example in June, when she received the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The Queen also had bruises on her hand in 2019 and 2021.

At the time, a doctor told the Metro newspaper: “It could be the Raynaud phenomenon or just cold hands. The purple color is due to deoxygenated blood. The medic added that purple hands can be caused by “poor circulation, brittle skin, exposed veins, bruising, a leaking of blood into the tissues under the skin.” The Raynaud phenomenon is a constriction of blood vessels under stress or cold, which is a natural protective reaction of the body.

Whether the treatment that was obviously carried out has something to do with her death just a few days later, he cannot say at the moment, says the doctor Waller. It is clear that such a relatively quick death can have various causes, especially in the case of such an old person. A pulmonary embolism or a heart attack are possible.

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Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday. Only days before she showed up with the new Prime Minister Liz Truss. A large bruise was noticed on the Queen’s hand. What’s behind it?

The original of this article “Raynaud’s phenomenon or hematoma? Mystery of the Queen’s hand” comes from Bunte.de.