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Bleeding Disorders


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Bleeding results from conditions that affect the way your blood forms clots. After an injury, or surgery, a number of processes are required for the blood to clot and stop bleeding. To successfully stop bleeding, a number of things must work together. This includes platelet (a type of blood cell), and proteins that circulate in the blood. These proteins are referred to clotting factors, and are given a unique Roman numeral as title.


If you have a bleeding disorder, your blood may not clot because of low or abnormal platelets or clotting proteins. Even small injuries may result in excessive bleeding, and if the disorder is severe, one may bleed spontaneously. Examples of bleeding disorders include thrombocytopenia (deficient platelets), hemophilia or Von Willebrand disease (both conditions affect the way your blood clots). Bleeding may also complicate other diseases such as liver failure. But there are many other causes, and a hematologist can help identify the reason and provide treatment.

At the University of Miami Health System, our experienced hematologists treat all types of bleeding and clotting disorders. We provide comprehensive care to help lower your risk for serious complications.


Medical History and Physical Exam
Different patterns of bleeding may indicate the cause and most effective therapy. Your doctor will ask questions about your medical and family history that can help reveal the cause of clotting disorders.

Genetic Testing
If you have a bleeding or clotting disorder, you may benefit from genetic testing or preconception counseling. These tests can reveal the cause of your disorder and help you understand your risk for passing it on to your children.

Blood Tests
Your doctor may take a blood sample to examine in a lab. The blood tests can reveal problems with clotting factor proteins or platelets.


Clotting Factor Infusions
You may receive infusions of clotting factor or platelets to help prevent bleeding.

Desmopressin Injections (DDAVP)
These hormone injections can help improve clotting factors.

Plasma Infusions
Blood plasma infusions may also help improve clotting and prevent bleeding.

Antifibrinolytic Medicine
These medicines help your body maintain blood clots while you heal.

Why Choose UHealth?

Advanced, comprehensive hematology care. Our large team of expert hematologists provide the care you need to manage blood disorders and treat blood cancers. We offer convenient care — with treatment available at multiple locations — and use innovative, personalized treatments to help improve your health and quality of life.

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