Encyclopedia > Bleeding time

  Article Content

Bleeding time

Bleeding time is a medical test done on someone to assess their platelet function.

It involves cutting the underside of the subject's forearm, in an area where there is no hair or visible veins. The cut is of a standardised width and depth, and is done quickly by an automatic device.

A blood pressure cuff is used above the wound, to maintain venous pressure at 40 mmHg.

The time it takes for bleeding to stop (as thus the time it takes for a platelet plug[?] to form) is measured. Cessation of bleeding can be determined by blotting away the blood constantly until the site looks 'glassy'.

Bleeding time is affected by platelet function, and not by other coagulation factors so in haemophilia it is normal.

Aspirin and other drugs can prolong bleeding time significantly.

Normal values fall between 2 - 8 minutes.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Sakhalin

... Sahaliyan means black in Manchu and refers to Amur River (sahaliyan ula). Its proper Ainu name, Karafuto (樺太) or Karaftu, was restored to the island by ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 38.5 ms