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Went for blood donation, was turned down due to low HB, had bloody nose in the past with easy bruising. Worrisome?

Hi Doctor, I just tried to give blood today at an American Red Cross Blood Drive and was turned down because my hemoglobin was 11.1 below the required 12.5 to donate. I have also been getting quite a few bloody noses and I bruise VERY easily. Should I be concerned that something other than just being low on iron?? Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 9 Sep 2012
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Critical Care Specialist 's  Response
Hi dear thanks for your question,you were denied blood donation at American Red cross blood drive for the reason you hemoglobin was low 11.1gm/dl.yes this is low below the standard level set for donation,that is 12.5 gm/dl.yes your frequent bleeding from nose along with easily bruisibilty,in which blood is also last,could be cause for low HB.Do your peripheral blood film called as PBF to know thee type of anemia,so that it can be treated accordingly.
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Prasad Akole's  Response
Dear friend, welcome to HCM !

A low hemoglobin and bleeding from the nose, easy bruisability may represent a clotting disorder or a platelet disorder.

Though 11.1 is not alarming, you should get evaluated for the easy bruisability and search for any worrisome cause. Some disorders may not be alarming. But we should not miss anything serious.

I would advise to get Haemogram, PBS (peripheral blood smear), BT, CT, LFTs, PT, aPTT done.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress.
Good Luck !
I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily.
Thank you !
Answered: Sun, 9 Sep 2012
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  Anonymous's Response
Hi wlcome to Health cdre magic forum. As you have correctly guessed there could be some defiency of clotting factors
due to less blood {anaemia} or genetic causes like haemophelia. of course it is assumption only. I advise you to consult a hematologist
for diagnosis and treatment.
Besides i advise you some diet recomendations to build blood naturally. take more of green leafy vegetables pulses sprouts egg
meat sea foods milk fruits and juices. thanks for calling.
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