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Bleeding

Bleeding disorders

The following history may suggest that you have a bleeding disorder:
  1. Excessive nose bleeds lasting more than 10 minutes or requiring medical attention
  2. Multiple or large bruises without apparent trauma
  3. Prolonged or recurrent bleeding from trivial wounds or from oral cavity
  4. Heavy menses requiring treatment or leading to anaemia
  5. Heavy, prolonged or recurrent bleeding after surgery or dental extractions


If you have any of these symptoms, please see your doctor.

In our body, platelets and clotting factors play an important role in making our blood clot. Any problems in either of these can cause excessive bleeding.  

Bleeding disorders can be inherited or acquired. Inherited disorders usually begin from childhood while acquired causes are of recent onset.

 

Acquired

Inherited

Platelets

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

Drugs -  aspirin, clopidogrel

Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia

Bernard Soulier

Clotting factors

Liver disease

Drugs - warfarin

 

Haemophilia

Von Willebrand disease

Other clotting factor deficiency