Identification of potential bleeders is very important prior to any dental treatment. One hundred fifty-three adult patients in the screening population at a dental school were examined by medical history and by determinations of prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and bleeding time to determine if those patients with a negative bleeding history had a significant percentage of elevated laboratory values. This study was performed to see if these three tests would be of value in screening this population for bleeding disorders. The results suggest that proper medical history taking will identify a majority of potential bleeders and that these three tests are of little value in this population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine