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Thromb Haemost. 1991 Mar 4;65(3):237-41.

Bleeding/bruising symptomatology in children with and without bleeding disorders.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


A questionnaire, designed to assess bleeding/bruising tendencies, was administered to 251 otherwise healthy children undergoing a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. 23 children with excessive bleeding during or after the operation, with a long bleeding time or who reported taking aspirin recently were excluded, to give a population of 228 non-bleeders. For comparative purposes, 31 patients with bleeding disorders (von Willebrand's disease and/or platelet function defects) were studied. A considerable proportion of "non-bleeding" children reported easy bruising (24%), had bruises at least once a week (36%) and suffered from nosebleeds (39%). The respective frequencies (67%, 68% and 69%) for children with bleeding disorders were significantly higher. Occurrence of bruises usually on more than one part of the body, frequent large bruises or hematomas were rare in "non-bleeders" (4.9%, 3.5% and 2.7% respectively), but more common in "bleeders" (38.5%, 29.6% and 21.7% respectively).

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