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Bleeding symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Bleeding symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had bleeding symptoms?

    Why: determines if acute or chronic; acquired or inherited.

  2. Is bruising abnormal and out of proportion to the offending injury?

    Why: suggests a disturbance of coagulation.

  3. Is bleeding from multiple sites?

    Why: suggests the presence of a systemic bleeding defect.

  4. Is bleeding spontaneous?

    Why: suggests the presence of a systemic bleeding defect.

  5. Does bleeding occur immediately after trauma or is it delayed?

    Why: if immediate suggests platelet defect; if delayed i.e. 24 hrs after trauma it suggests a coagulation factor deficiency.

  6. What has been the response to previous coagulation stresses?

    Why: e.g. tooth extraction, circumcision, pregnancy - if normal response, suggests an acquired not inherited problem.

  7. Did you notice a viral illness or sore throat beforehand?

    Why: may suggest acute Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) especially in children.

  8. Past medical history?

    Why: Acquired bleeding disorders can occur with liver disease, renal failure, lupus erythematosus and some cancers such as Multiple myeloma, myelofibrosis.

  9. Medications?

    Why: Acquired bleeding disorders may be due to certain prescribed medications e.g. aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, anticoagulant therapy, thiazide diuretics, chloramphenicol, cancer chemotherapy drugs, gold, heparin, quinine, quinidine, sulphonamides.

  10. Family history of bleeding symptoms/ bleeding disorders?
  11. Alcohol history?

    Why: Alcoholic cirrhosis can cause an acquired bleeding disorder.

  12. Easy bruising

    Why: purpura ( multiple small hemorrhages into the skin or mucous membranes); petechiae (small pinhead size purpura); ecchymoses ( large purpura).

  13. If petechiae are present, are they palpable

    Why: if palpable it suggests due to an underlying vasculitis affecting small vessels e.g. polyarteritis nodosa; if not palpable it suggests due to a platelet defect.

  14. Blood in urine
  15. Heavy menstrual periods
  16. Bleeding nose
  17. Bleeding gums
  18. Swollen painful joints
  19. Rectal bleeding
  20. Tiredness, weight loss, fever or sweat?

    Why: may suggest malignancy such as leukemia.

  21. Skin rash?

    Why: may suggest lupus erythematosus which can cause an autoimmune thrombocytopenia.

  22. Widespread itchiness of skin?

    Why: may suggest myeloproliferative cancers that can cause an acquired bleeding disorder or iron deficiency secondary to blood loss.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bleeding symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Bleeding symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Bleeding symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Bleeding symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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