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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Hemostasis is the body's system for controlling bleeding and clotting. Normally, a delicate balance exists. Too much clotting (thrombophilia) could cause dangerous blood clots to form, but not enough clotting could result in serious bleeding problems. The body has several mechanisms to maintain the right amount of bleeding and clotting. However, abnormalities in this control process can disrupt the balance and lead to excessive bleeding or clotting.

Throughout the course of a normal day, your blood vessels sustain many minor injuries of which you are not aware. When a blood vessel is damaged, your body triggers a cascade of cl (More)

Understanding Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

  • Bleeding and Clotting: A Delicate Balance
  • Family Testing for Clotting Disorders
  • The Genetics of Thrombophilia
  • Treatment of Thrombosis
  • Bleeding and Clotting Problems: What Can Go Wrong
  • Babesiosis
  • Bleeding & Clotting Disorders (Merck Manual)
  • Bleeding Disorders (MedlinePlus)
  • Bleeding Disorders in Women
  • Blood Clots (DVT) and Travel
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  • Does Smoking Cause Blood Clots?
  • How Long is a Typical Recovery from DVT/PE?
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    Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015