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What is the definition or description of: prolonged bleeding?

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Dr. Lizbeth Alter
Family Medicine 23 years experience
5 minutes: Well, it really depends on what the source of bleeding. If you cut yourself and your skin bleeds, it may take a few minutes. If you are bleeding from your rectum, this is a completely different story. A hemorrhoid can bleed for a few minutes and then resolve, but the severity depends on the color of the blood, the age of the person and the history. Vaginal bleeding can be prolonged if its dail.
Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Abnormal bleeding: Bleeding from the uterus at or in between periods which is abnormal. Prolonged periods can cause a low blood count or anemia.

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