12 April 2011

Haemophilia Fact File

Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder.

What is Haemophilia?

Both are caused by a low level or absence of one of the clotting factors that control bleeding.

  • Haemophilia A is caused by a deficiency of factor VIII.
  • Haemophilia B is caused by a deficiency of factor IX.

  • Big bruises for no apparent reason
  • Pain in the muscles and joints due to the bleeding that is taking place in these muscles and joints
  • Spontaneous bleeding (sudden bleeding for no clear reason)
  • Bleeding for a long time after getting a cut, removing a tooth or having surgery
  • Serious internal bleeding into vital organs such as the heart and brain, most commonly after a serious trauma


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