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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Blood

11/12/2010

Question:

WHEN THE NURSE WAS TRYING TO DRAW BLOOD. SHE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME, BUT WAS ABLE TO DRAW A LITTLE BIT FOR A TEST. IS THIS NATURAL?

Answer:

This really has no medical significance. It only means that you are tough to draw blood from, either from having a lot of blood drawn in the past, or just a phlebotomist who failed to get the blood drawn. Hopefully they will have better luck next time.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University