Hemophilia, or haemophilia, is the medical term used to describe a collection of genetic bleeding disorders that impair the body’s ability to clot or coagulate when blood vessels are broken. You can likely understand how this would pose a danger to the health of a person if they are injured and bleed spontaneously. Those who suffer from the condition can bleed far longer than is considered healthy following an undetected laceration or surgical procedure.
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Hemophiliacs lack certain necessary coagulation factors in their blood—those necessary to turn the blood quickly from liquid into solid to stop bleeding. If bleeding continues, a hemophiliac can suffer bleeding for days following even a minor cut and require medication, a mesh plug, or a blood transfusion to stop bleeding. Here are the ten major symptoms of hemophiliacs…
1. Lack of Symptoms
Hemophilia is often difficult to diagnose, and often no symptoms appear until a wound occurs and blood vessels are broken. If you have a family history of hemophilia be vigilant for symptoms of prolonged bleeding following your child’s first laceration, dental procedure, or surgery. However, luckily the condition is typically diagnosed at a fairly early age.
Based on data collected by the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20,000 americans have hemophilia. It’s typically diagnosed early on, roughly at 1 month of age for those with severe haemophilia, typically by 8-months of age for those with moderate hemophilia, and usually by the age of 36-years old for those with a mild case of the disorder.