Tori Spelling's "rare bleeding disorder"

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Tori Spelling's "rare bleeding disorder"

This is kind of a fluff debate... Blum 3

Tori Spelling recently delivered her fourth child, her fourth c-section, and was re-hospitalized about two weeks later for emergency surgery after her c-section scar split open. She's now talking about the experience and I've noticed that all the articles talk about her "brush with death" from a "rare bleeding disorder," which they then identify as being placenta previa.

Placenta previa is not rare, nor is it a bleeding disorder, nor it is a disorder at all. And it's even more common after multiple c-sections and in a pregnancy soon after a c-section, both of which Ms. Spelling did.

So, is this a case of a pseudo-celebrity coming up with something dramatic to try to stay in the spotlight? Clueless (or childless?) editors who can't seem to use a dictionary? Should she be doing some kind of "don't do what I did" PSA along with her story? Giving Tori the benefit of the doubt, I suppose it's possible that she has a rare bleeding disorder and placenta previa but I find it highly unlikely that a life-threatening bleeding disorder would crop up now instead of in her first pregnancy, kwim?

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I think good journalism does not exist anymore. I don't think Tori Spelling had anything to do with it, I think the writer of the article didn't do proper research and was more interested in getting a sensational story.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

I think good journalism does not exist anymore. I don't think Tori Spelling had anything to do with it, I think the writer of the article didn't do proper research and was more interested in getting a sensational story.

This. But also, it is possible for a bleeding disorder to come and go. I cant remember the name of the one my Mom has, but when my sister was tested for it right before surgery, they told her they would give her clotting drugs anyways, as you can test negative for it, and then when under stress it can suddenly re-appear. I would think that 2 pregnancies and c-sec in a short time could cause stress on your body and cause something to crop up.

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"ftmom" wrote:

This. But also, it is possible for a bleeding disorder to come and go. I cant remember the name of the one my Mom has, but when my sister was tested for it right before surgery, they told her they would give her clotting drugs anyways, as you can test negative for it, and then when under stress it can suddenly re-appear. I would think that 2 pregnancies and c-sec in a short time could cause stress on your body and cause something to crop up.

Ya. I don't have any 'rare clotting disorder' per se, but last time I had blood taken my prothrombin time was up, meaning it was taking longer than normal for my blood to clot. It was just a one-time fluke thing for me. No disorder involved.

That said, (and I always like Stacey's debate topics, btw) I think the media is doing a darn good job selling newspapers and mags, and making money. I doubt Tori had much to do with it. However, the bit about the previa and 'bleeding disorder' had to get out there somehow. Was it Tori/Dean who talked about it first? Probably.

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"ftmom" wrote:

This. But also, it is possible for a bleeding disorder to come and go. I cant remember the name of the one my Mom has, but when my sister was tested for it right before surgery, they told her they would give her clotting drugs anyways, as you can test negative for it, and then when under stress it can suddenly re-appear. I would think that 2 pregnancies and c-sec in a short time could cause stress on your body and cause something to crop up.

I'd like to know what this is because I've never heard of any bleeding disorder that "comes & goes" like this. You have it, or you don't. You might not have the problems associated with it if you aren't under stress, but you still have it. My sister has a clotting disorder which is aggravated by stress, but the reality is that everyone's blood clotting is reduced under stress, it's just not as severe so we don't notice it. On a normal day my sister could cut her finger & be able to put a bandaid on it; on a very stressful day, if she cuts her finger, she has to put a clotting compound on it and might have to wrap it tightly to stop the bleeding. But she still always has it, and it was diagnosed when she had her very first surgery, which in her case was a tonsillectomy at age four.

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I think most of this is media and not Tori Spelling (who I don't care for that much anyway so I'm not pro-Tori lol).

The article I read also stated that along with the previa she had bleeds throughout this pregnancy and was admitted for bed rest where they found out about the placenta previa.

This article just messed it all up.

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Placenta previa can cause bleeding throughout one's pregnancy, and the usual remedy is bedrest. That doesn't make it a bleeding disorder.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Placenta previa can cause bleeding throughout one's pregnancy, and the usual remedy is bedrest. That doesn't make it a bleeding disorder.

Yes. When I think of bleeding disorder to me it means there's something abnormal about the blood itself. Yes, you can bleed a lot with previa, but it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the blood.

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"Spacers" wrote:

I'd like to know what this is because I've never heard of any bleeding disorder that "comes & goes" like this. You have it, or you don't. You might not have the problems associated with it if you aren't under stress, but you still have it. My sister has a clotting disorder which is aggravated by stress, but the reality is that everyone's blood clotting is reduced under stress, it's just not as severe so we don't notice it. On a normal day my sister could cut her finger & be able to put a bandaid on it; on a very stressful day, if she cuts her finger, she has to put a clotting compound on it and might have to wrap it tightly to stop the bleeding. But she still always has it, and it was diagnosed when she had her very first surgery, which in her case was a tonsillectomy at age four.

When I had my second m/c, we started doing a bunch of testing. We found that a bunch of my clotting factors were elevated (meaning I was much more likely to suffer a blood clot.) They couldn't figure out exactly what was wrong with me, so we kept testing, and I went to see a well known specialist in clotting disorders in our area who also could not identify exactly what was wrong with me. Then, about 6 months after the whole ordeal began (and keep in mind we had been doing the same tests over and over again on a monthly basis) my tests started coming back normal again. No idea what caused the abnormal clotting factors, no idea what made things go back to normal. No clue. So I think that some disorders may be a little more complicated than simply "you have them or you don't." I never had any problems with blood clots prior to my first m/c, and my pregnancy with T was completely healthy and normal. And then bang, I seem to have an unknown clotting disorder, and then bang again, suddenly it's gone again. The human body is weird.

Having said that, I have no idea whether or not Tori Spelling actually has/had a bleeding disorder.

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"Spacers" wrote:

I'd like to know what this is because I've never heard of any bleeding disorder that "comes & goes" like this. You have it, or you don't. You might not have the problems associated with it if you aren't under stress, but you still have it. My sister has a clotting disorder which is aggravated by stress, but the reality is that everyone's blood clotting is reduced under stress, it's just not as severe so we don't notice it. On a normal day my sister could cut her finger & be able to put a bandaid on it; on a very stressful day, if she cuts her finger, she has to put a clotting compound on it and might have to wrap it tightly to stop the bleeding. But she still always has it, and it was diagnosed when she had her very first surgery, which in her case was a tonsillectomy at age four.

Your right. You do either have it or not, but this disorder (I promise to call my sister this afternoon and ask) only shows itself under extreme stress. So my mom is fine in everyday life, even through birth etc, but when she had her appendix out (so she was sick already and then underwent surgery) they couldnt control the bleeding and needed to give her blood. This is the only time it has manifested for her. Same thing with my Grandmother, she has been fine most of her life, but had a bleeding ulcer when I was a child that she almost died from due to blood loss.

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I think we're getting to picky on some word choices here.

It's a condition. It causes bleeding so it's not that far to see it's a bleeding disorder. It may not be what you think it should be but I don't think it's that big of a deal.

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But why not just say placenta previa and leave it at that? Because it's not as dramatic, it's not as special. Fame *****.

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So, because someone decides to classify their medical condition one way that you don't agree with she's a fame *****???

Sorry, don't get it.

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Fine, you guys finally got me to read an article about Tori Spelling...*pouts* I'm confused - are they saying that placenta previa is the bleeding disorder, or are they saying that she had placenta previa AND a bleeding disorder?

Either way, the journalist may have been wrong to classify it as a bleeding disorder, but placenta previa can be serious. DH's cousin's wife just had a baby and she had placenta previa and during the delivery (a scheduled c-sec) something ruptured and they had to do an emergency hysterectomy to save her life (she would have died of blood loss.) So I don't know that you would really say that she had a "bleeding disorder" but she very nearly did die of blood loss because of her placenta previa.

I'm just saying, even if Tori only had placenta previa, they aren't necessarily amping up the drama of her almost dying. I think it's possible that the journalist just doesn't entirely understand what placenta previa is, but that it's also possible that Tori's life really was in danger.

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"Spacers" wrote:

I'd like to know what this is because I've never heard of any bleeding disorder that "comes & goes" like this. You have it, or you don't. You might not have the problems associated with it if you aren't under stress, but you still have it. My sister has a clotting disorder which is aggravated by stress, but the reality is that everyone's blood clotting is reduced under stress, it's just not as severe so we don't notice it. On a normal day my sister could cut her finger & be able to put a bandaid on it; on a very stressful day, if she cuts her finger, she has to put a clotting compound on it and might have to wrap it tightly to stop the bleeding. But she still always has it, and it was diagnosed when she had her very first surgery, which in her case was a tonsillectomy at age four.

There are some bleeding disorders which can go nto remission. I dont know if Tori Spelling has this or anything.

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) - PubMed Health

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"myyams" wrote:

There are some bleeding disorders which can go nto remission. I dont know if Tori Spelling has this or anything.

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) - PubMed Health

Good point! My husband suffered from this very disorder back in 2009, but it has been in remission for almost 3 years now.

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Really the only thing that makes sense to me is that perhapa she was bleeding from the placenta previa and has also a rare blood disorder where it was hard to get the bleeding to stop. It is weird if they think placenta previa is a rare bleeding disorder. I bet someone did not have a clue and just wrote the information poorly.

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I agree with Jessica. I did a quick Google search and had one article say there are 2-3% of pregnancies have placenta previa. Another one said 4-5%. This was just real quick study, but either way it is not super common. I had a good friend with placenta previa. She could have died as well as her unborn baby. It was very serious. Whether or not it is a "Blood disorder" is splitting hairs.

How many children she has or how close in age her children are, is hers and her husbands business. With her money I doubt that she is on welfare or food stamps, but even if she was, it would not be anyone's business to tell her how many children she can have or to tell her to make some PSA.

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I agree with Alyssa. Because she has had several children, csections and had the last 2 very close together it put her at higher risk for it but there are many women who get this without that history. I hope she was informed on her risks though.

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There are also very different levels of placenta previa. My sister had it 2x. Once it was only a partial previa and it was only barely touching the cervix, the next time it was covering the cervix completely and she was on bedrest for 12 weeks. (she had 3 c-sections, all really close together)

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I'm actually okay with the previa being classified as a bleeding disorder because it makes you bleed. The other things mentioned here I tend to think of as clotting disorders because they don't generally make you bleed but do make it hard to stop.

is she being a fame *****? yes but that is her job and no more than any other actress who has graced the cover. Her story is actually more interesting than many others. I think she could have milked it more if they'd released she was on bedrest at the hospital at the time.

Is she at fault for having them close together? Probably but like every one I know whose kids are 14 months or less apart, they weren't TTC.

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