What Is Hemophilia?

What Is Hemophilia?

    What Is Hemophilia?

    Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that causes blood not to clot properly. Learn about hemophilia symptoms, treatment options, and more!

    Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder in which people cannot produce enough blood coagulation factors (proteins) to stop bleeding after injury. The most common type of hemophilia is called "hemophilia A," which affects males more often than females.


    What Is Hemophilia A And B?

    Hemophilia A occurs when there is too little factor VIII, while hemophilia B occurs when there is too much factor IX. People with hemophilia usually bleed into joints, muscles, and other tissues. They also tend to bruise easily and bleed excessively during surgery.


    What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Hemophilia?

    If you think you might have hemophilia, talk to your doctor right away. He or she will perform a complete medical history and physical exam. You may need to undergo tests to determine whether you have hemophilia.


    Treatment Options For Hemophilia

    There are two main types of hemophilia: type A and type B. Type A hemophilia affects males only, while type B hemophilia affects both males and females. Both types of hemophilia cause bleeding into joints and muscles. However, there are differences between the two types.


    Common Questions About Hemophilia

    People with hemophilia often develop joint bleeds when they cut themselves or bump into something hard. Bleeding into the skin is called an “acute bleed.” If the bleeding continues after several days, it becomes a “chronic bleed.” Acute bleeds usually heal within a few weeks, but chronic bleeds can last for months or even years.


    What Is Hemophilia A?

    Hemophilia A is caused by a deficiency of Factor VIII, which helps blood coagulate. This means that people with hemophilia will have trouble stopping bleeding once they start. They also have a higher chance of developing life-threatening complications such as internal bleeding.

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    Aynur UğurBİLGİN

    Prof. M.D.

    Aynur Uğur BİLGİN

    Koru Ankara Hospital