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Blood Loss (Overview)

Generally, blood loss is a term most commonly referring to bleeding. Blood loss can occur rapidly, due to trauma, or can occur slowly, as seen in diseases of the stomach or intestinal tract. Blood loss could refer to blood disorders that cause anemias, as seen in autoimmune disorders such as hemolytic anemia.


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Could gallstones in the pancrias cause blood loss? I have an occasional flair up where my stool is black and tarry (once or twice a month). Nov. 2009 my blood count was 5.6 and was given 4 units of blood. 9 months later my blood count was 6.7 and I was

Could gallstones in the pancrias cause blood loss? I have an occasional flair up where my stool is black and tarry (once or twice a month). Nov. 2009 my blood count was 5.6 and was given 4 units of blood. 9 months later my blood count was 6.7 and I was

Hemobillia: Hemobillia (blood in gastrointestinal tract from biliary oirign) is very rare.
Obscure causes of intestinal bleeding are mostly from small bowel av malformations, tumors etc. Intermittent episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding remain difficult to diagnose despite capsule endoscopy.
Angiography during an active episode of bleeding may provide a diagnosis.
Laparoscopy with small bowel examination is some times helpful.
Due to the intermittent ocassional episodes of blood loss a definite diagnosis is difficult to make. ...Read more

Blood Loss (Overview)

Generally, blood loss is a term most commonly referring to bleeding. Blood loss can occur rapidly, due to trauma, or can occur slowly, as seen in diseases of the stomach or intestinal tract. Blood loss could refer to blood disorders that cause anemias, as seen in autoimmune disorders such as hemolytic anemia.


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Can you tell me what iron sat. Of. 09, fe 7, neutrophils 1.9, MCV 79 and MCH 25.5 mean. No occult blood loss and post menopause.

Can you tell me what iron sat. Of. 09, fe 7, neutrophils 1.9, MCV 79 and MCH 25.5 mean. No occult blood loss and post menopause.

Keep looking: Usually this indicates iron deficiency and how this has happened should now be under investigation. A serum ferritin is likely to be next. Labs mean little in isolation and your physician has the big picture. Good luck. ...Read more

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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

See an ENT doctor
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Get an audiogram
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Describe the features of blood loss.?

Describe the features of blood loss.?

Depends on rate: Rapid blood loss, think: gunshot wound, leads to immediate shock and death, obviously. Gradual blood loss leads to anemia with symptoms of fatigue, weakness, apathy, and malaise. Very severe anemia is surprisingly well tolerated for long periods if it has occurred very slowly like due to menstruation without adequate iron replacement or slow bleeding in the bowels. ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a Durable Power of Attorney for your health and finances
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Write down important phone numbers and post them in more than one place
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Give your Durable Power of Attorney a list of your medications and doctors' names
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If you get stabbed with a knife, should you remove the knife or leave it there to prevent more blood loss?

If you get stabbed with a knife, should you remove the knife or leave it there to prevent more blood loss?

Leave it!: The knife may be blocking a site from bleeding, or in the chest it may keep air from entering the chest cavity. Dress around the knife as best you can and if possible stabilize it so it cannot be moved get help on site asap, don't move the victim unless it is either too risky to stay or no help is available. ...Read more

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I take the pill and my periods are due in 2 weeks but I've been getting brownish blood loss for a few days now. What could be the ressons?

Breaktrough bleeding: This may just be breakthrough bleeding. If you just started on the pill, this is not uncommon. May perist for several months. If it does not stop go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
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Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
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Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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Could a person get sheehan's disorder from blood loss during a hysterectomy?

Could a person get sheehan's disorder from blood loss during a hysterectomy?

Possible: It would certainly be possible, particularly if there were an underlying bleeding disorder. ...Read more

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Could there be any serious risk \aside from excessive blood loss\ to self-harm \wrist cutting\?

Could there be any serious risk \aside from excessive blood loss\ to self-harm \wrist cutting\?

Cutting: If an artery or large enough vein is severed, and proper care is not administered in time, results can be serious, and even deadly. ...Read more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
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How much blood loss is serious?

Blood loss: Blood loss of any amount can be potentially serious. This depends upon the age of the patient, co-morbid conditions, acuity of the blood loss, and whether they are ongoing. Discuss the specifics with your doctor. ...Read more

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Describe the features of blood loss.?

Depends on rate: Rapid blood loss, think: gunshot wound, leads to immediate shock and death, obviously. Gradual blood loss leads to anemia with symptoms of fatigue, weakness, apathy, and malaise. Very severe anemia is surprisingly well tolerated for long periods if it has occurred very slowly like due to menstruation without adequate iron replacement or slow bleeding in the bowels. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What are symptoms of acute blood loss?

What are symptoms of acute blood loss?

Shock: Symptoms are dizzyness, light-headedness, weakness, and fainting. Also sweating, clamminess and chilled. ...Read more

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How can extensive blood loss affect a person?

How can extensive blood loss affect a person?

Weakness, dizziness: And possible death if too much is lost. There needs to be immediate transport to the nearest ED if the person involved is not able to stay awake or cannot ambulate by themselves. If blood loss is due to a wound and will not stop bleeding then go to the nearest ED. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
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See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
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Take your medication as instructed without fail
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I was wondering is dying from blood loss painful?

I was wondering is dying from blood loss painful?

Not usually: When one bleeds to death, they usually become comatose (unconscious), as the brain is deprived of nutrients and oxygen. As best we know, this is not painful state. However, many patients who bleeding severely have a sense of doom and anxiety and sense their life is slipping away. "The ever say I feel like I'm gonna die"- a big warning sign for a trauma surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: blood loss?

What is the definition or description of: blood loss?

Bleeding: Generally, blood loss is a term most commonly referring to bleeding. Blood loss can occur rapidly, due to trauma, or can occur slowly, as seen in diseases of the stomach or intestinal tract. Blood loss could refer to blood disorders that cause anemias, as seen in autoimmune disorders such as hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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When should I be concerned about the amount of blood loss?

When should I be concerned about the amount of blood loss?

Need more info: In order to answer this question, one would need more contextual information. ...Read more

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When someone dies from getting shot, do the die from blood loss?

When someone dies from getting shot, do the die from blood loss?

Sometimes: Blood loss is one possible reason a person could die from one or more gunshot wounds. A critical organ could also be hit which may lead to death. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
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Make dietary changes
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Take a stool softener
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See your doctor
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How much blood loss is considered extremely dangerous for a child?

Blood loss: Any blood loss is serious. It also depends on if loss happens quickly or over a long period of time - the body has different mechanisms to deal with different blood losses. However, a 10% blood loss is serious and a 20% blood loss is very dangerous. Again, it also depends on surrounding circumstances. Please discuss with child's caretakers if blood counts dropping. ...Read more

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Help please. Could blood loss happen faster if you were underwater?

Probably Not: The blood clotting system does not require oxygen to cause clotting, so in theory should not be a major difference between the water and air. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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What are the effects of blood loss on strength and/or power athletes?

What are the effects of blood loss on strength and/or power athletes?

Anemia?: I assume you mean chronic anemia. Power lifting is an anaerobic exercise and wouldn't be affected too much by acute anemia unless it was profound. More importantly, would be to identify the cause of a chronic anemia. Poor diet or a perhaps a medical condition that would have an indirect affect on your ability to train and/or build muscle mass. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of the bright occasional blood loss from your bottom?

What can be the cause of the bright occasional blood loss from your bottom?

Hemorrhoids, cancer: Hemorrhoids are the most common cause, but cancer can also cause these syptoms. You should visit your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist to investigate further. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Is it possible for a person to have gradual blood loss from cutting a lot everyday?

Certainly: Though this depends on the amount of blood loss, and the length of time this has been going on, as well as how much daily iron is being taken, and whether the individual is a menstruating woman or not. ...Read more

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Can you see GI blood loss?

Sometimes: Some is gross when you see red blood in the stool, other is microscopic and you only find it when you look for it in the stool. Both are potentially serious thought gross blood loss is more urgent ...Read more

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Do people with blood loss have a lot of pain?

Blood loss symptoms: People with blood loss do not have pain just on account of the blood loss. Blood loss can be rapid and acute or slow and chronic. The effects of blood loss are to lower your blood pressure, increase your heart rate, and make you feel dizzy. It does not cause pain. But the same event that caused the blood loss (like a gun shot or trauma) may cause damage to other tissues which causes pain. ...Read more

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How much blood loss is normal when you have a baby?

How much blood loss is normal when you have a baby?

Depends: Depends on whether it is natural birth or c-section. Blood loss can be up to 400-500 cc's. Keep in mind that the pregnant female has augmented blood volume during the pregnancy and can easily tolerate these losses. ...Read more

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What should I do about blood loss after hymenectomy?

What should I do about blood loss after hymenectomy?

Depends: Blood loss should be monitiored closely after any surgical procedure. If it is excessive or you think it is call your surgeon. If you have symptoms of lightheadedness do not wait! ...Read more

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Which fruits or food should be given after blood loss?

Which fruits or food should be given after blood loss?

Foods high in iron: After blood loss, you want foods high in iron. Some examples are red meat, eggs (with yolks), dark leafy greens like spinach and collards, beans, lentils, chickpeas, mollusks (clams, oysters, scallops, etc), liver, and artichokes. You also want to be sure you're well-hydrated. ...Read more

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How much or how little blood loss can cause you to faint?

If sufficient, sure: Substantial bleeding which can lower blood pressure, and cause decreased blood flow to brain certainly does cause syncope, but in some cases, the site of blood itself can evoke a vasovagal reaction with a reactive faint. ...Read more

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What's the normal response to systemic ischaemia from blood loss?

What's the normal response to systemic ischaemia from blood loss?

Variable: The body will try to compensate from extreme blood loss. First the heart rate will pick up (tachycardia). You may have sweating or diaphoresis, one may also become lightheaded and eventually collapse. This is the body's way of getting us supine to assist with distribution of blood flow. Fainting works. ...Read more

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Removal of fibroides in safe way so that blood loss may not occure?

Removal of fibroides in safe way so that blood loss may not occure?

Always some: The manner in which fibroids are removed depends on location. Those in the cavity can usually be removed with a hysteroscope (camera which passes through the vagina and cervix.) most others can be removed via a laprascope. The use of the robot can really aid in closure of the incisions in the uterus. Most fibroids do not require a major incision in the abdomen, which limits blood loss. ...Read more