Blood Clotting Problems

What Causes Bleeding For A Long Time?

Bleeding for a long time can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose bleeding for a long time, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bleeding for a long time" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Leukemia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
brittle fingernails
scrotal edema
regular infections
having foamy urine
edema of the abdomen
weak appetite
edema of the eyelids
very easy bruising
night sweats
edema of the feet
frequent unexplained fevers
very great unexplained weight loss
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bleeding for a long time:
Cause Probability Status
Leukemia 92% Confirm
Nephrotic Syndrome 62% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Immune System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about blood clotting problems:
Blood clotting problems. When you start to bleed, does it take a long time to stop?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, bleeding stops quickly (normal)
→ It takes quite a long time
→ Yes, definitely
→ I have von Willebrand disease or Hemophilia
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of blood clotting problems, blood clotting problems or blood clotting disease, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Leukemia

Higher numbers of immature white blood cells displace blood platelets, which are essential for the blood clotting process.

Nephrotic Syndrome

Disorder of blood clotting is a serious and frequent complication.

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