Archive for the ‘Bleeding Disorders’ Category

Q.My wife is embarrassed to go to the doctor with the following medical problem. Recently, when she passes a stool, she also passes some blood. Read on »

Q: I feel so devastated when my teenage daughter criticizes me. What can I do to make her understand that this hurts?

A: Yes, it does hurt. I know; I’ve been there. I found that telling our daughter exactly how I felt when she criticized me — the lump in my throat, the hidden tears, the inner churnings — really helped cut down on those remarks. Find some private time to do this, but tell your teen calmly, without drama or an emotional outburst. Just describe how you feel, and explain that adults and parents are not immune to having hurt feelings. Read on »


A disorder of the blood clotting (coagulation) system in which bleeding is prolonged due to inadequate clotting factors in the blood.

Causes and Risks

Normal blood coagulation is a complex process involving as many as 20 different plasma proteins, which are known as blood clotting (coagulation) factors. Normally, a complex chemical process occurs using these clotting factors to form a substance called fibrin that stops bleeding. When certain coagulation factors are deficient or missing, the process does not occur normally. Bleeding problems can range from mild to severe.

Some bleeding disorders are present at birth and are caused by rare inherited disorders. Some bleeding disorders are developed during certain illnesses (such as vitamin K deficiency, severe liver disease), or treatments (such as use of anticoagulant drugs or prolonged use of antibiotics). Read on »