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A blood pressure cuff is inflated on the upper arm to a standardised pressure, then a small cut is made on the forearm (avoiding any veins) and the time until bleeding stops completely is measured.
Bleeding time is a test that is infrequently ordered nowadays. It may be requested by your doctor to assess platelet function or exclude von Willebrand Disease. These parameters were previously impossible to test by any other means. Easy bruising, or bleeding – particularly from mucosal surfaces like the gums may be be due to decreased numbers of platelets, decreased function of platelets, or deficiency of von Willebrand Factor – a protein that helps platelets stick to a damaged blood vessel.
A prolonged bleeding time may be due to:
Bleeding time is normal in Haemophilia.
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