Answers to Your Hemophilia Questions
You’ve been diagnosed with hemophilia. Or your child has. You want to know what to do from here.
What is hemophilia? Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder in which your blood’s ability to clot is reduced. You may be missing or low in the part of the blood that helps you to make a clot, causing you to bleed from injury or for no clear reason. Hemophilia is often, but not necessarily, inherited.
What are the symptoms? Hemophilia symptoms include:
- Lots of bruises, or bruises that are larger than normal with hard lumps below.
- Excessive bleeding from cuts in the mouth, or a pulled or loose tooth.
- Bleeding in a joint (like the knee, elbow or ankle) for no reason or after a minor injury, or in other unexpected parts of your body.
- Unusual or excessive bleeding with surgery.
How is hemophilia diagnosed? If you have concerns for yourself or for your child, discuss testing with your doctor. Your doctor may order a blood test to determine the presence of hemophilia if:
- You or your child has specific bleeding symptoms.
- Your baby continues to bleed after circumcision.
- Your toddler develops many bruises when he or she starts crawling or walking.
- Someone in your family has hemophilia.
Can hemophilia lead to other diseases or complications? Yes. Hemophilia can cause complications such as joint disease and infection.
Is there a cure? There is not a hemophilia cure yet, but expert care is available at our specialized Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Treatment Center, solely focused on hemophilia diagnosis and treatment. With the right treatment and self care, most people with hemophilia can maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.