Evaluation of a screening tool for bleeding disorders in a US multisite cohort of women with menorrhagia

Claire S. Philipp, Ambarina Faiz, John A. Heit, Peter A. Kouides, Andrea Lukes, Sidney F. Stein, Vanessa Byams, Connie H. Miller, Roshni Kulkarni

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Objective The purpose of this study was to determine the usefulness of a simple screening tool for bleeding disorders in a multisite population of women with menorrhagia. Study Design Women with menorrhagia between the ages of 18 and 50 years from 6 geographically diverse US centers underwent hemostatic testing for bleeding disorders, complete blood cell count, and ferritin. A questionnaire that contained all elements of the 8-question screening tool was administered. Sensitivity of the screening tool, a screening tool with a pictorial blood assessment chart (PBAC) score of >185, and a screening tool with serum ferritin were calculated for hemostatic disorders. Results Two hundred and seventeen women who were identified with a PBAC score of <100 participated in the study. The sensitivity of the screening tool was 89% for hemostatic defects, and sensitivity increased to 93% and 95% with a serum ferritin level of ≤20 ng/mL and a PBAC score of >185, respectively. Conclusion This study confirms the usefulness of a short screening tool for the stratification of women with menorrhagia for hemostatic evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209.e1-209.e7
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • bleeding disorder
  • ferritin
  • hemostatic evaluation
  • menorrhagia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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