Disorders of Hemostasis
Preoperative identification and management of hemostatic disorders minimizes bleeding complications from surgery. Taking a history is the most important part of assessing a patient’s perioperative bleeding risk, followed by lab testing if indicated. Management of specific disorders such as von Willebrand disease, hemophilia, and vitamin K deficiency in the perioperative period requires specific lab monitoring and product administration.
KeywordsVon Willebrand disease Hemophilia Vitamin K deficiency Coagulopathy Hemostatic disorders Bleeding disorders Disorders of hemostasis Preoperative Perioperative
Robert E. Richard, MD, PhD
Director of Hematology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, University of Washington
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