What is hemophilia?

Clotting problem. Hemophilia is a hereditary blood disorder in which the person is deficient in one of the body's clotting factors (factor viii for hemophilia a and factor ix for hemophilia b). Therefore the blood does not clot correctly after an injury. Depending on severity, patients with hemophilia bleed and bruise easily and for a longer time. Some may even bleed into their joints, muscles, or brain.
Clotting disease. Hemophilia is a hereditary genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to clot or stop bleeding. There are many factors involved in clotting and therefore, an abnormality in a few of these factors can cause a bleeding disorder or a hemophilia.

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What causes hemophilia?

Genetic defect. Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder due to abnormal gene for clotting factor viii (hemophilia a) or ix (hemophilia b) that is on the x-chromosome and men inherit the defect from their mothers. Women are carriers and are rarely affected. Read more...

What is hemophilia and who gets it?

Sex linked disorder. Hemophilia is inherited disorder of bleeding. Hemophilia a, deficiency of factor viii is commoner than hemophilia b due to deficiency of factor ix. Both are x-linked and affect boys/men only, with rare exceptions. Concentrated coagulation factors are given by intravenous injections to prevent and treat abnormal bleeding. Read more...

I want to know what's the hemophilia disease?

Bleeding disorder. Classical hemophilia, also called hemophilia a, is a bleeding disorder due to deficiency of clotting factor viii and affects boys almost exclusively. About 1 in 5000 boys are born with it. There are other types of hemophilia too. See this site for more info. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hemophilia/. Read more...

What is hemophilia? What are the symptoms and how does it affect people's daily lives?

Is . Is this someone writing a school paper on hemophilia? There are a series of bleeding disorders which fall under hemophilia. The blood fails to clot or takes a log time to clot which leads to bleeding. In some cases, patients with hemophilia can start bleeding/ hemorrhaging without an identified cause. There can be significant bleeding into joints or the abdominal cavity. When the problem is mild it might not be discovered until the person has problems with clotting after they under go surgery or sustan an injury. It impacts people's lives because they need to avoid injuries and may not be able to play some sports or do jobs which put them at risk for injury. Read more...

What makes hemophilia a dangerous condition?

Bleeding. People with hemophilia lack normal levels of factors required to make blood clot. They are at risk for bleeding with any injury, and often bleed into joints which is very painful and eventually disfiguring. Emergency treatment to replace the needed factors intravenously is crucial to control episodes of bleeding. Read more...
Fatal bleeds. In addition to what was mentioned, the most dangerous types of bleeds involve strokes, pulmonary hemorrhages, and uncontrolled bleeds that lead to exsanguination (bleed to death). Read more...

What is hemophilia b is and what effects does it have on the body?

A bleeding disorder. Hemophilia b is a congenital bleeding disorder due to deficiency of a clotting factor, factor ix (9). Bleeding may start from the circumcision site. When a patient starts walking, he gets a lot of bruising, mouth bleeding, bleeding in the muscle and joints. Repeated joint bleeding may lead to parmanent joint deformity and dysfunction. Treatment is giving the missing factor, factor ix. Read more...

What exactly is hemophilia?

Gene for bleeding. The two common hemophilias are lack of factor viii (hemophilia a) and factor ix (hemophilia b) respectively. Of variable severity, these people are prone to bleed too easily especially from blunt trauma. Treatment consists of replacement of the missing factor and is a complicated business with specialists that are well-equipped to do this. Cure by gene therapy may soon be here for ix. Good luck. Read more...

What is acquired hemophilia?  

Bleeding disorder. Acquired hemophilia is when the body spontaneously makes autoantibodies (a signal that tells the immune response to respond to one of the body's normal components) for coagulation factor (these factors help with blood clotting) viii. This is usually in association with various autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more...
Adult decreased fact. A decrease in clotting factors as an adult can be an "acquired" hemophilia. These can arise when the body creates an immune response against clotting factors (such as factor 8 (viii). Read more...