Tag Archives: bleeding

Case 70 – part 2 – the beginning

So we now have our second case. A 76 year old gentleman had been admitted under the surgeons with a haematemesis and a perforated duodenal ulcer. The surgeons would like to take him to theatre within the next hour. The … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 2 – summary

The main aim of this case was to remember that the coagulation screen alone is not suitable for ruling out a bleeding disorder. The most common inherited bleeding disorder frequently will have a normal clotting screens. Indiscriminate clotting screens are … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 2b

Further questioning of our pre-operative patient reveals she has easy bruising without trauma and has required cauterisation for epistaxis in the past. She bled after a tooth was removed and had to see the dentist following the procedure due to … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 2a

A 31 year old female is in pre-assessment clinic for an elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallstones. She has no other major medical problems although she does say that she bruises easily after trauma. She also has heavy periods which are managed … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 1 – summary

We started with a 72 year old gentleman who was having an elective pacemaker insertion. He had an isolated prolonged APTT and we have previously used the following flow chart to make a diagnosis:   It should be remembered that … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 1c

Our patient has a long APTT and has a haematoma and extensive bruising following pacemaker insertion. He is not on any anticoagulation, but does not have any previous clotting screens to compare to. Given the bleeding history, FFP is administered … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 1b

The patient with abnormal clotting resulst goes ahead with his planned pacemaker insertion. There is no major bleeding during the procedure but afterwards there is a large haematoma around the pocket with extensive bruising.   Repeat clotting screen shows: PT … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 1a

This week we’re going to present a series of short cases around clotting results. Hopefully we’ll demonstrate when coagulation screens should be used and also how to interpret basic abnormalities. It most be noted that different labs will use different … Continue reading

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Case 61 – summary

Thank you for all your help this week! This week we looked at a case of childhood ITP.  Our patient presented with easy bruising over a 3 week period, and had had a minor urti the previous month. The patient … Continue reading

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Case 61 – update 2

So time for another update! Our patient has been started on oral iron for a iron deficiency anaemia. Given that she only has some bruising and a slight petechial rash the decision has been made to monitor her, but not … Continue reading

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Case 61 – update 1

What have we found out so far? We have a 15 year old girl who has presented with a few week history of easy bruising.  Blood tests have shows a microcytic anaemia with ferritin of 5 and a thrombocytopenia with … Continue reading

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Case 61 – the beginning

Welcome to our new case!This week we start in a gp practice. A 15 year old girl has attended with her mum as she has had problems with easy bruising. She has no other pmh. What would you like to … Continue reading

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Case 53 – summary

Lauren is a 34 year old woman with a postpartum acquired haemophilia. The presentation and diagnosis of this disorder has been discussed in the previous posts; the management is what concerns us at this point. The traditional approach to the … Continue reading

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Case 53 – update 2

Lauren, 34 had a baby 4 months ago and recently consulted her GP with marked easy bruising. Her GP did some blood tests which revealed a prolonged APTT at 69 seconds. The lab did extra tests to establish than rather … Continue reading

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Case 53 – update 1

Yesterday we met Lauren, a 34 year old who went to see her GP with easy bruising. She felt this was a new problem, although she mentioned her sister bruised easily. We explored this a little further. Her sister had … Continue reading

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Case 53 – the beginning

Welcome to the new case for the week. Please read the case, consider the questions posed and share your thoughts via twitter using #teamhaem @teamhaem. Lauren is a 34 year old woman who contacted her GP when she developed some … Continue reading

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Case 35 – update 1

What have we found out so far? We have a 67 year old gentleman who has presented with a 2 day history of thigh pain and swelling. An u/s has shown an intramuscular haematoma. He was on warfarin for AF … Continue reading

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Case 35 – the beginning

Welcome to our new case that we will see develop over the next week with your help! A 67 year old gentleman presents to his gp with a 2 day history of pain and swelling in his right thigh.  On … Continue reading

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Case 33 – summary

Von Willebrands disease The aim of this case was to identify a patient with Von Willebrands disease and arrange appropriate investigations. Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is a common, inherited, genetically and clinically heterogeneous hemorrhagic disorder caused by a deficiency or … Continue reading

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Case 33 – update 2

Thanks for all the tweets regarding further investigations! In the “real world” I guess we have to prioritise the investigations required – think of our budget and workload! A few have suggested von willebrand screen, which seems the most obvious … Continue reading

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