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Understanding Hemophilia -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Hemophilia?

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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Understanding Hemophilia -- the Basics

Hemophilia refers to a group of inherited disorders that cause abnormal bleeding. The bleeding occurs because part of the blood -- called plasma -- has too little of a protein that helps blood clot. Symptoms of hemophilia range from increased bleeding after trauma, injury, or surgery to sudden bleeding with no apparent cause. There are two types of hemophilia: Hemophilia A -- also called classic hemophilia -- is most common and occurs in about 80% of people with hemophilia. Hemophilia B...

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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. Seek emergency medical help for any heavy or uncontrolled bleeding.
  • 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 call your doctor if you are parents who have a family history of hemophilia and are expecting a baby.

 

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

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