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Bleeding Time

Bleeding Time | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

Bleeding normally stops within 1 to 9 minutes. If it takes longer for the bleeding to stop, there might be a problem. These problems include:

  • a vascular defect, which is a problem with the blood vessel walls
  • a platelet function defect, which is failure of the clotting factors to work properly
  • thrombocytopenia, which is a shortage of platelets in the blood
  • Certain medication, such as aspirin and warfarin may also cause prolongations in bleeding time.

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    Author: David T. Moran, MD
    Reviewer: Sandy Keefe, RN, MSN
    Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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