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    Understanding Hemophilia

    Understanding Hemophilia -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Hemophilia?

    The symptoms of hemophilia may 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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    Understanding Hemophilia -- Prevention

    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...

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    Call Your Doctor About Hemophilia If

    Call 911 for immediate emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms:

    • Lengthy, uncontrollable bleeding -- either heavy or oozing in nature -- particularly after injury, immunizations or surgical or dental procedures
    • Any signs of internal bleeding, such as a change in consciousness, alertness, or memory or difficulty breathing (note that these symptoms may also be signs of other medical problems unrelated to hemophilia)

    Call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:

    • Any episode of bleeding unrelated to a particular injury or event
    • Pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in a joint or muscle

    Also talk to your doctor if you have a family history of hemophilia and are planning a pregnancy or expecting a baby.

     

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 20, 2015
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