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What are coagulation and platelet function disorders?

Coagulation is when your blood thickens to change from a liquid to a semi-solid or solid. As your blood thickens (coagulates) it forms blood clots (gel-like clumps of blood) that plug an injured blood vessel. Normally, blood clots help stop bleeding when you’re injured. But if your body has problems controlling blood clotting, it’s considered a coagulation disorder. Coagulation disorders can result in either too little blood clotting (hemorrhage) or too much blood clotting (thrombosis).

Platelets are a type of blood cell that help create temporary plugs to form blood clots and stop bleeding. Platelet function disorders occur when the body’s platelets don’t form plugs properly. This makes bleeding go on longer than it should and can be life threatening after an injury or surgery.

For patients with coagulation disorders, treatment success depends on careful management of risk factors. Treatment for platelet function disorders varies with each specific cause.


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