Bruising Susceptibility

What Causes Easy Bruising?

Easy bruising can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' 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 easy bruising, 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 "easy bruising" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Bioflavonoid Need
  • Leukemia
  • Vitamin C Need
  • Vitamin K Need
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Liver Congestion

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:
occasional hangnails
high alcohol consumption
suspected liver cirrhosis
major fatigue for 3-12 months
gums that bleed easily
tetracycline use
history of cysts in breasts
unexplained fevers that hit hard
edema of the ankles/lower legs
very low TIBC
having trouble concentrating
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of easy bruising:
Cause Probability Status
Leukemia 99% Confirm
Vitamin K Need 21% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 20% Unlikely
Bioflavonoid Need 1% Ruled out
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 1% Ruled out
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 0% Ruled out
Vitamin C Need 0% Ruled out
Lupus (SLE) 0% Ruled out
* 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 Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about bruising susceptibility:
Do you bruise easily?
Possible responses:
→ No / about average / don't know
→ Yes, a little more easily than other people
→ Yes, even a little bump will leave a bruise
→ Yes, very easily - I often/always have bruises
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slightly easy bruising, easy bruising or very easy bruising, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Bioflavonoid Need

A double-blind study of 96 people with fragile capillaries found that bioflavonoids decreased the tendency to bruise [Int Angiol.  1993;12: pp.69-72].  In a single-blind study of 27 wrestlers, 71% of those taking a placebo were injured, with bruises making up more than half their injuries; in contrast, only 38% of those taking the supplement were injured, none of whom sustained bruises.  In a follow-up double-blind study of 40 football players, the treated group received fewer severe bruises than the group taking placebo [Med Times.  1960;88: pp.313-316].

Cirrhosis of the Liver

When the liver slows or stops production of the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily.

Leukemia

Higher numbers of immature white blood cells displace blood platelets, which are essential for the blood clotting process.  Increased bruising and bleeding is due to reduced platelets in ALL, AML, and CML.

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