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2. Symptom: Bleeding That's Hard to Stop

If a cut or scrape seems to be bleeding longer than usual, or if a nosebleed or gum bleeding doesn't stop, this could be a sign of a decreased platelet count. Blood in urine or stool is symptomatic of many conditions including thrombocytopenia; the latter is especially possible if other symptoms, such as easy bruising, are present. The same concern applies to unusually heavy menstrual flows.

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