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Medical History and Physical Examination for Blood Disorders

By

David J. Kuter

, MD, DPhil, Harvard Medical School

Last full review/revision Jun 2021| Content last modified Jun 2021
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Medical History

Doctors may suspect a blood disorder based on a vast number of possible symptoms. In addition, certain factors in a person's medical history indicate that the person is at risk. Some examples include the following:

Physical Examination

During the physical examination, doctors look for specific physical findings that can be related to a blood disorder.

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