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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Echo Bruising

08/20/2007

Question:

I got a Echo done and while she was doing it I asked her to put more gel on it because she was rubbing my skin with the machine. A few days after the test I got bruises where she did the test. Is that normal and could that mean that my platelets are to low?

Answer:

Occasionally, when an echo is performed, the tech has to push to get an image. If you bruise easily, or are on medications like blood thinners or aspirin, you might get a bruise from the probe. If you want to find out if your platelets are low, you can ask your doctor to perform a blood test.

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Response by:

Karen   Kutoloski, DO Karen Kutoloski, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University