Nosebleeds: Possible symptom of a blood clotting disorder.
(30.08.2010) Frequent nosebleeds can indicate a blood clotting disorder, the professional association of German internists in Wiesbaden currently refers to this
Many people experience nosebleeds from time to time, although a regular occurrence of nosebleeds that is difficult to stop can also be a sign of a disorder in blood clotting. If you also get big bruises after minor bumps or blows, you should definitely go to the doctor and get tested. The so-called “Von Willebrand-Jürgens syndrome” could be the cause of such hypersensitivity, explains Wolfgang Wesiack from the professional association of German internists. Treatment with medication may be required.
Since coagulation disorders are hereditary, the specialist recommends that parents, siblings and children of the sick also get an examination for the syndrome, because the syndrome can result in life-threatening bleeding that is difficult to stop after serious injuries or surgery. If an illness is diagnosed, it can be life-saving in an emergency to record it in the accident assistance passport or on a neck or bracelet, Wesiack's advice continues. Frequent unfounded nosebleeds should never be taken lightly as an indicator of bleeding disorders.
Constant nosebleeds can have many other causes. Physical or chemical damage to the nasal mucosa and iatrogenic or inflammatory perforation of the nasal septum are also possible. (fp)