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Abnormal Bleeding Overview

Another name for Abnormal Bleeding is Coagulopathy.

What is a coagulopathy?
A person with a coagulopathy has excessive bruising and bleeding due to a disturbance in blood clotting. A coagulopathy may be caused by a drug or an underlying disease.

What are the symptoms of a coagulopathy?
Symptoms of coagulopathy may include excessive bruising, repeated nosebleeds, rectal bleeding, black stools, and rashes that look like bruises or broken blood vessels in the skin.

How does the doctor treat a coagulopathy?
Treatment of coagulopathy depends on the underlying cause. Options include an infusion of fresh frozen plasma to provide the body with necessary clotting factors.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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