Hemophilia is a hereditary, lifelong disorder that slows or prevents the normal clotting of the body’s blood. This can result in prolonged or excessive bleeding after an injury, surgery or other trauma. If left untreated or not properly treated, complications from severe hemophilia such as deep internal bleeding, bleeding into the brain, damage to joints, blood infections and adverse reactions to clotting treatments may occur. Hemophilia is also a collective term sometimes used to describe a group of bleeding disorders: Hemophilia A (also known as classic Hemophilia), Hemophilia B (also known as Christmas disease), and von Willebrand disease.
Since hemophilia is a hereditary disorder, there are no preventative measures available. It is important to undergo prenatal testing for families with a history of the disorder. The primary symptom of hemophilia is bleeding. Depending upon the severity of the disorder, other symptoms may present. Mild cases of hemophilia may be not be detected until serious trauma or surgery occurs, whereas severe cases of hemophilia can result in spontaneous bleeding. Symptoms of spontaneous bleeding are the most common sign to note and report to a physician. Large bruises, joint pain or swelling caused by internal bleeding, blood in your urine or stool, frequent nosebleeds and tightness in the joints are all signs and symptoms of hemophilia.
Mild hemophilia may be treated with the injection of hormone desmopressin (DDAVP). For moderate hemophilia, antifibrinolytic medicines are available to help keep blood clots from breaking down. For severe hemophilia, both preventative (ongoing) and demand (as-needed) replacement therapy or plasma infusions are required for effective treatment. Patients with hemophilia should also exercise regularly, practice good dental hygiene, and avoid certain medications that thin blood and aggravate bleeding (such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
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