Health Encyclopedia - Disease
- Bleeding during and after surgery
- Bleeding gums
- Easy bruising
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
- Prolonged bleeding with minor injuries
Exams and Tests
The following tests may be used to diagnose this condition:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Bleeding time
- Platelet aggregation tests
- Prothrombin time (PT) and partial thromboplastin time (PTT)
Other tests may be needed, including the testing of relatives.
There is no specific treatment for this disorder. Platelet transfusions may be given to patients who are having severe bleeding.
- Severe bleeding
- Iron deficiency anemia in menstruating women
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if:
- You have bleeding or bruising of an unknown cause
- Bleeding does not stop after usual treatments
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Reviewed By: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.