Blood loss

Last updated: Thursday, 11, November, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

Acute

See also Bleeding disorders

Clinical assessment. FBC; the initial Hb and PCV may be normal - serial PCV may be helpful.

Blood group, blood group antibody screen, compatibility testing.

Chronic

FBC, blood film.

See Iron deficiency.

Occult

Careful history especially in relation to possible uterine and gastro-intestinal disease; regular blood donation.

FBC, blood film to detect features suggestive of Iron deficiency; occult blood - faeces.