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Large severe looking bruises. Could they be because of my anemia?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Depends.

Anemia by itself will not cause bruising.
However, massive bruising and anemia is suggestive of a bleeding disorder or a lack of platelets in additional to red blood cells from a bone marrow problem. The most importtant issue is to establish why you are anemic. Show your doctor the bruises. If concerning, they will check a platelet count and coagulation tests. You may need to see hematologist.

In brief: Depends.

Anemia by itself will not cause bruising.
However, massive bruising and anemia is suggestive of a bleeding disorder or a lack of platelets in additional to red blood cells from a bone marrow problem. The most importtant issue is to establish why you are anemic. Show your doctor the bruises. If concerning, they will check a platelet count and coagulation tests. You may need to see hematologist.
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