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Understanding Hemophilia -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Hemophilia?

At this time, there is no simple way to prevent hemophilia in someone who inherits a defective gene and thus produces too little clotting factor. If hemophilia runs in your family, you can be tested to see whether you carry the defective gene and receive counseling about your chance for having children with hemophilia.

Gene therapy clinical trials began in early 1999 in an attempt to cure hemophilia, and in vitro fertilization may allow selection and implantation of embryos that lack the hemophilia gene; but these are still considered experimental.

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Understanding Hemophilia -- Symptoms

The symptoms of hemophilia include: In some cases, lengthy bleeding after circumcision Excessive bruising Swollen, painful joints Swollen, tender muscles Excessive bleeding from the gums, tongue, or mouth following injury (seen particularly in infants and toddlers) Severe bleeding after tooth extractions or other invasive dental procedures Severe bleeding after injuries or operations  

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 28, 2014

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