Why do patients bleed?

Jennifer Curnow, Leonardo Pasalic, Emmanuel J Favaloro

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

14 Downloads (Pure)


Patients undergoing surgical procedures can bleed for a variety of reasons. Assuming that the surgical procedure has progressed well and that the surgeon can exclude surgical reasons for the unexpected bleeding, then the bleeding may be due to structural (anatomical) anomalies or disorders, recent drug intake, or disorders of hemostasis, which may be acquired or congenital. The current review aims to provide an overview of reasons that patients bleed in the perioperative setting, and it also provides guidance on how to screen for these conditions, through consideration of appropriate patient history and examination prior to surgical intervention, as well as guidance on investigating and managing the cause of unexpected bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e29-e43
JournalThe Surgery Journal
Issue number1
Early online date24 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


Dive into the research topics of 'Why do patients bleed?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this