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Bleeding & Clotting Time

Bleeding & Clotting Time

Overview

Bleeding Time and Clotting Time test is performed on a sample of blood to measure the level of Bleeding Time and Clotting Time in the blood.It is performed to detect Coagulation Disorder, Epistaxis and Platelet Disorder and also during the treatment and after the treatment of Excessive Wound Bleeding. A bleeding time test determines how quickly your blood clots to stop bleeding. The test is a basic assessment of how well your blood platelets work -form clots. Platelets are tiny cell fragments that circulate in your blood. They?re the first cells to react to a blood vessel injury. They seal off the wound to prevent more blood from escaping.

Preparation(Before)

Tell your doctor about any medications you?re taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamin and mineral supplements. Some medications, such as aspirin, can affect how well your blood clots.

Your doctor may instruct you to stop taking your medication a few days before your test. Follow your doctor?s instructions, but don?t stop taking any medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

On the day of your test, wear a short-sleeved shirt so that the healthcare provider can easily access your arm.

Testing time

The prothrombin time (PT) test measures how well and how long it takes your blood to clot. It normally takes about 25 to 30 seconds. It may take longer if you take blood thinners.

Report delivery time

It normally takes about 25 to 30 seconds. It may take longer if you take blood thinners. Other reasons for abnormal results include hemophilia, liver disease, and malabsorption.

Result explanation

The normal bleeding time is between 2-7 minutes. The normal clotting time in a person is between 8-15 minutes. By understanding the time taken for blood to clot, it can be determined if the person has haemophilia or von Willibrand?s disease.

Bleeding time normal range can still be considered between a one1 minute to eight minutes.

If the bleeding time is outside the range, it could imply an underlying platelet defect, and there should be more tests done to confirm it. An abnormal bleeding time indicates that the person could have acquired platelet function defect. An acquired platelet function defect develops after birth.

In this kind of a defect, the platelets may not be working properly, or the body might be producing too many platelets or fewer platelets. The abnormal results could mean:

That the person has a defect in the blood vessel wherein the blood vessels are unable to transport blood properly throughout the body That the person has a genetic platelet function disorder by birth. This genetic disorder could affect the function of the platelets. For example haemophilia. The person could be suffering from thrombocythemia wherein the person bone marrow starts creating too many platelets in the body. The person could be suffering from thrombocytopenia wherein the person bone marrow starts creating too little platelets in the body. The person may be suffering from Von Willebrand?s disease. This is an acquired hereditary disease that affects the process of blood coagulation in a person.

Common uses

Coagulation Disorder; Epistaxis; Platelet Disorder

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