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Introduction continued

  • Prolonged bleeding time may indicate:
  • Reduced numbers of platelets.
  • Poorly functioning platelets, or:
  • Medications such as aspirin, which inhibit platelet function, have been recently taken.
  • Abnormal blood vessels may also prolong bleeding time.