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Frequent Bruising Overview

Another name for Frequent Bruising is Easy Bruising.

What is easy bruising?
A person who develops easy bruising experiences bruising after minor injuries that would not have caused bruising in the past. Easy bruising occurs when the small blood vessels beneath the skin become weak and rupture or the blood does not clot normally. Common causes for easy bruising are low platelet count, drug side effect, platelet function disorder, and coagulopathy.

What are the symptoms of easy bruising?
Symptoms that occur with easy bruising include unexplained bruises, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged bleeding after injury, and rashes that look like broken blood vessels in the skin.

How does the doctor treat easy bruising?
Treatment for easy bruising depends on the underlying cause. Minor bruising does not require treatment. Treatment for easy bruising may include vitamin K, blood transfusion, and a reduction in anticoagulant dosing.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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