Did you know? People with hemophilia can live normal lives by avoiding activities that may cause injury or trauma.
Hemophilia is a rare disorder that causes blood to clot abnormally. After an injury, this disorder can cause one to bleed longer than normal. It can be life-threatening due to spontaneous bleeding. Please use this guide to understand hemophilia cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
This disorder is caused by a mutation on the X chromosome. It is more likely that a mother passes the defective gene to her children; her son is affected and her daughter is a carrier. Rarely the condition can be acquired from:
Depending on the level of clotting factors, the symptoms may vary and arise at different ages. Those affected, and some carriers, may experience:
To diagnose hemophilia, blood tests are performed to see if blood is clotting correctly. Additional tests can be ordered to diagnose the cause of the disorder. Those with a family history of hemophilia can request for a blood test to be performed on their baby as soon as after birth.
There is not yet a known cure for this disorder. Several factors must be considered to provide proper treatment for hemophilia. Factors include the level of clotting and how severe the condition is. Treatment may include:
For more information on hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, please visit www.hemophilia.org