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Alternate Names : Blood Loss, Hemorrhage

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

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Symptoms of a large amount of blood loss are:

  • bluish lips and fingernails
  • bruising
  • clammy skin
  • confusion
  • decreased alertness
  • low blood pressure
  • paleness
  • rapid heart rate
  • shock
  • weakness
  • Examples of external bleeding through a natural opening include:

  • blood in the stool, which can appear to be either black, bright red, or maroon
  • blood in the urine
  • blood in the vomit, which can be red, brown, or black, like coffee grounds
  • vaginal bleeding
  • Internal bleeding can be minimal or serious. It can cause bruising or a hematoma, which is an area of swelling filled with blood. Internal swelling or bruising cannot be seen.

    Signs of internal bleeding may include :

  • abdominal pain, caused by irritation to the coverings of the abdominal structures
  • coughing up blood
  • fainting
  • shock
  • swelling of the abdomen

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    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/19/01


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