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When your blood flows too freely and it does not “clot” or form fibrin as expected, the possibility of a bleeding disorder is considered by your physician. Excessive nose bleeds, menstrual periods, bruising or failure to have a wound stop bleeding often suggest that there may be a bleeding disorder present.
Many bleeding disorders are hereditary and a history of similar problems may be found in your relatives. Other times, your bleeding problem may be due to medications or their secondary effect on your blood system.
The hematologists at Physicians East can assess your blood test results and decide why your blood system bleeds excessively. The doctor will evaluate test results and identify a diagnosis that could lead to treatment of your problem. Levels of clotting factors and clotting chemicals can be assessed with a blood draw. Sometimes a bleeding time is performed to see how your blood clots after a small cut is made in your forearm. Often your family history will help the doctor make a diagnosis, so it is important that you ask family members about any bleeding problems they have had, especially after surgery and infant delivery. Replacement of missing clotting products is the most common therapy for bleeding disorders.