Bleeding is a symptom of many types of trauma, injury, or disease. It may range from harmless minor bleeding to a life-threatening emergency (e.g. shock, internal bleeding, etc.). Bleeding may affect almost any body area: nosebleed, mouth bleeding, eye bleeding, ear bleeding, and so on. Menstrual bleeding is a normal type of bleeding, but may become excessive or abnormal. Internal bleeding may cause blood in vomit, blood in sputum, or rectal bleeding; in some cases internal bleeding may cause none of these symptoms and yet still be very serious. Recurrent bleeding in a person who has “unexplained bleeding” or who bleeds easily is described as having a “bleeding tendency” which may itself have various causes (e.g. bleeding disorders, infection, leukemia, etc.). Bruising is a symptom closely related to bleeding. The opposite of bleeding is clotting (see poor clotting or excessive clotting). All bleeding symptoms may be dangerous and need prompt medical attention from a qualified professional.
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- Injury: Injury, also called “trauma” in medical terms, refers to the physical injury to a body part or organ. There are
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- Shock: In medical terminology, shock refers to an extremely dangerous condition where there is not enough blood circulating. This type of
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- Bleeding Disorders: Bleeding disorders are those where there is abnormal or excessive bleeding. It also includes disorders with poor clotting and the
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- Leukemia: Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow tissues that produce white blood cells. Too many white blood cells are
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- Trauma: The term “trauma” in medicine refers to physical injury or accident. Some emergency hospitals are called “trauma centers” because they
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