Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban), a popular blood-thinning drug, is prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (a-fib), as well as in those who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. However, in its short time on the market (Xarelto was approved in July 2011), this drug has been linked to gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, kidney bleeding and brain hemorrhages.
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How is Internal Bleeding Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Xarelto internal bleeding starts with the patient’s medical history, which is taken by a healthcare practitioner. This is followed by a physical exam, concentrating on the part of the body where the internal bleeding is likely to have occurred. For example, if bleeding is suspected in the brain, the exam will focus on the neurologic system. If it is intra-abdominal bleeding, the exam will be concentrated in the region of the abdomen.
Blood tests may be conducted to see if the patient has a low red blood cell count (anemia). However, if the bleeding is rapid, the hemoglobin reading/red blood cell count may appear normal. In some cases, the diagnosis will have to be confirmed by an imaging test, which can identify where the bleeding is occurring.
Points to consider when diagnosing internal bleeding include:
- If GI bleeding is suspected, fiberoptic scopes may be used to examine the esophagus and stomach (endoscopy), or to look into the colon (colonoscopy) to find the source. If it is identified, the doctor may be able to stop the bleeding using electricity to cauterize the ruptured blood vessel.
- Computerized tomography (CT) scans are the most common test used to diagnose brain bleeds. They may also be able to identify brain swelling and/or fractures in the patient’s skull.
- An ultrasound procedure may be ordered to find blood in the abdominal region. Ultrasounds can be particularly useful in evaluating obstetric and/or gynecologic complications including bleeding from an ovarian cyst or an ectopic or tubal pregnancy.
- CT scans are also an effective tool for detecting intra-abdominal and retroperitoneal bleeding. The test can evaluate the injury site, the severity of damage done, and determine whether the bleeding is limited to an organ or if it has spilled into the peritoneum.
- If the bleeding is suspected to have been caused by a damaged artery, an angiography may be ordered to determine the patient’s arterial blood flow.
In situations where the person is critically ill from internal bleeding, emergency surgery may be necessary to identify and treat the bleeding site. This may occur in trauma patients with abdominal or chest injuries who have unstable vital signs, and are at risk of bleeding to death if they wait for traditional diagnostic procedures.
Do I Have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
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