Hemophilia refers to a group of bleeding disorders in which clotting time is prolonged. Some types of the disorder include:
- Hemophilia A
- Hemophilia B
- von Willebrand Disease
- Rare factor deficiencies
CAUSES, INCIDENCE, & RISK FACTORS
When you bleed, the body sends out a special protein to help the blood clot. There is a higher risk of bleeding when one or more of these clotting factors are missing.Hemophilia is caused by a lack of clotting factor VIII or IX in the blood. In most cases, hemophilia is passed down through families (inherited). Most of the time, it is passed to male children.
The main symptom of hemophilia is bleeding. Mild cases may not be detected until until later in life, after excessive bleeding following surgery or an injury.
In the worst cases, bleeding occurs for no reason. Internal bleeding may occur anywhere and bleeding into joints is common.
SIGNS AND TESTS
Most often, hemophilia is diagnosed after a person has an abnormal bleeding episode. Tests can also be done to detect the problem when other family members have the condition.
The most common treatment is to replace the missing clotting factor in the blood through a vein (intravenous infusions).
You will need extra care during surgery if you have a bleeding disorder. Therefore, it is important to get a diagnosis. It will also help you to warn family members who might be affected.
Joining a support group where members share common issues can relieve the stress of a chronic disease.
Many people with hemophilia are able to participate in most activities. However, some will, at times, suffer from bleeding events, the most common type being a bleed into the spaces around the joints. A small number of people with hemophilia may die from severe bleeding, but with modern treatment and care it is rare.
Drug information for this condition is made available by Factor One Source Pharmacy upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org directly, or by submitting an inquiry through our Contact Page.
BLEEDING DISORDER MEDICATIONS DISPENSED THROUGH FOSRx/FAST Pharmacy:
- Alphanine® SD
- Exjade (for hemophilia and iron toxicity)
- Helixate® FS
- Hemofil® M
- Koate® DVI
- Kogenate® FS
- NovoSeven® RT
- Profilnine SD
- Proplex T
- 17 Jun 2015
- FOSRX/FAST Services