Bleeding Disorders: Overview

Bleeding disorders are those where there is abnormal or excessive bleeding. It also includes disorders with poor clotting and the tendency to bleed easily. Some well-known generic diseases are bleeding disorders: hemophilia, Christmas Disease, Von Willebrand’s Disease. These diseases are inherent from birth, but are not always noticed in childhood (e.g. many women can have Von Willebrand’s Disease without it being diagnosed). Various other acquired diseases can also cause bleeding problems or poor clotting, such as some types of Leukemia. The opposite of bleeding disorders are clotting disorders, where there is excessive clotting. Vitamin K is strongly involved in the clotting process. Various medications are available to limit bleeding or increase clotting, or conversely other drugs exist to stop clot formation (anticoagulants, Warfarin, etc.).

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