WHAT IS HEMOPHILIA A & B?
Hemophilia A & B are inherited genetic blood disorders resulting in impaired blood coagulation. They primarily affect males while being passed on by females who carry the hemophilia gene. Although rare, females may also have hemophilia. Most female carriers don’t experience bleeding symptoms, however it is possible for female carriers to have low factor levels associated with bleeding problems.
Types of Hemophilia
There are 2 main types of Hemophilia
Hemophilia A - Factor VIII deficiency (the most common type)
Hemophilia B - Factor IX deficiency (less common)
Severity of Hemophilia
The severity of bleeding differs among patients depending on the level of clotting factor in the blood.
1. Severe - less than 1% of normal range of clotting factor; frequent bleeding can occur spontaneously or as a result of trauma, dental work or surgery.
2. Moderate - 1-5% of normal; experience less frequent problems, but also are at risk for bleeding after surgery/trauma.
3. Mild - 5-25%may go undetected until bleeding occurs following severe trauma or surgery.
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