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Bleeding Disorders

Alternate Names : Clotting Disorders

Bleeding Disorders | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment can include:

  • aminocaproic acid to stabilize abnormal immature blood clots
  • intravenous drugs such as vasopressin or desmopression (DDAVP) to correct platelet defects
  • medicines to reverse excessive bleeding
  • patches that contain thrombin to treat excess bleeding
  • transfusions of blood components, such as platelets
  • Treatment of the associated or underlying illness might include intravenous gamma globulin, corticosteroids, chemotherapy, and various treatments for infection. Treatment for bleeding disorders can be simple or complex and often requires a team of medical specialists.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Transfusion of blood components can cause a transfusion reaction. This reaction can include fever, skin rash, destruction of red blood cells, or severe allergic reactions. Transfusion also carries a very small risk of infection with serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis. All medicines have side effects, such as allergic reactions and stomach upset. Specific side effects depend on the medicine used.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Some people may need repeated transfusions or infusions of medicine.

    How is the condition monitored?

    The individual will have repeat visits to the healthcare provider until the blood disorder is resolved. The provider may order regular blood tests. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Thomas Fisher, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/19/01

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