Bleeding caused by Hemophilia A

What is Hemophilia A?

Hemophilia A is a severe, inherited bleeding disorder caused by missing or low levels of the clotting factor VIII. Hemophilia A affects 1 in every 5,000 to 10,000 males by birth. It prevents the blood from clotting normally, leading to prolonged and excessive bleeding even from a minor injury.

Signs & Symptoms of Hemophilia A

  • Prolonged and heavy bleeding from cuts
  • Tenderness and swelling of joints
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Bleeding in the brain and other internal organs
  • Formation of deep bruises

Bleeding caused by Hemophilia A

People with Hemophilia A are more likely to experience uncontrolled bleeding in joints, muscles, and organs. Hemophiliacs can bleed internally for long periods of time without any injury. These bleeds can occur at any time and can be very dangerous. Bleeding caused by Hemophilia A can lead to long-term joint damage, nerve damage, and paralysis. If a person with Hemophilia A is bleeding, it is important that proper medical attention is sought immediately.

Management & Treatment of Hemophilia A

The main treatment for Hemophilia A is replacement therapy, in which the missing factor VIII is injected into the patient's bloodstream. This replacement factor helps the blood clot and stop the bleeding. In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the underlying issue. In addition, physical therapy may be recommended to help prevent joint and muscle damage.