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When you cut or injure yourself, your body uses special blood cells, called platelets, and other chemicals, called clotting factors, to form a blood clot and control your bleeding. Bleeding disorders sometimes occur when the platelets or clotting factors are not working properly and do not form clots. Bleeding or clotting disorders include:
Last Revised: December 4, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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