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Post-Surgical Hemorrhage: Formation of a “Liver Clot” Secondary to Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Edward B. Fowler, Lawrence G. Breault, Richard F. Druckman

Citation Information : Fowler EB, Breault LG, Druckman RF. Post-Surgical Hemorrhage: Formation of a “Liver Clot” Secondary to Periodontal Plastic Surgery. J Contemp Dent Pract 2001; 2 (2):42-47.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-2-2-42

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-02-2005

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2001; The Author(s).


Bleeding is a common sequela of periodontal and oral surgery. Generally, bleeding is self-limiting. Special circumstances require additional procedures to reduce or eliminate active hemorrhage. Occasionally hemorrhage can be under control when a patient is dismissed from their surgical appointment and, subsequently, the patient will experience either slow seepage of blood or extravascular clot formation. This case report describes the unique formation of a “liver clot” or “currant jelly clot” following periodontal plastic surgery. The clotting cascade and common laboratory tests to evaluate bleeding disorders are also presented.

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