In reviewing the many causes of bleeding disorders, it is easiest to categorize the bleeding disorders according to which component of the haemostatic mechanism is affected, the blood vessels, platelets, or the clotting factors. Bleeding disorders may be further classified as to whether the disorder is inherited or acquired. However, practically speaking it is probably best for anaesthesiologists and critical care physicians to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of acquired bleeding disorders since most patients with a hereditary bleeding disorder are usually under the care of a haematologist from an early age.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Clotting Factor Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Bleeding Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. T. Petrovitch
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  1. 1.Dept. of AnaesthesiologyProvidence HospitalWashingtonUSA

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