Abnormal Bleeding

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Basics

Description

Abnormal bleeding may present as

  • Frequent or significant mucocutaneous bleeding (epistaxis, bruising, gum bleeding, or menorrhagia)
  • Bleeding in unusual sites such as muscles, joints, or internal organs
  • Excessive postsurgical bleeding

Etiology

Abnormal bleeding can be the result of a coagulation factor deficiency, an acquired or congenital disorder of platelet number or function, or inherited or acquired collagen vascular disorders.

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