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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Very easy bruising on forearm

08/03/2007

Question:

I have what looks like to me blood brsies on my fore arms. I can just touch my arm and it looks like it could bleed and stays that way for weeks. I`m 57 no high blood pressure. I have seen this in people in their 60&70`s. I don`t have enough b-12 and am getting shots. That seemed to help for a while ,but has gotten bad again. What causes this? It looks terrible. thanks

Answer:

Easy bruising can be signs of blood problems or is seen with loss of skin strength (senile purpura). I assume your doctor has shown that your platelets and clotting studies are normal. However, if you are also bleeding abnormally, a blood specialist should see you.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University