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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 -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Normally, when bleeding begins, a complex series of chemical events produces a "plug" to stop the bleeding; this plug is called a fibrin clot. The fibrin clot is the end-product of many different "clotting factors" reacting in the blood. Hemophilia is an inherited condition in which one of these clotting factors (factor VIII or IX) is absent from the blood, so that it does not clot normally. If your health care provider suspects that you have hemophilia, you will be given blood tests to examine how...

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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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