Is Hemophilia A life threatening?

People with hemophilia bleed easily, and the blood takes a longer time to clot. People with hemophilia can experience spontaneous or internal bleeding and often have painful, swollen joints due to bleeding into the joints. This rare but serious condition can have life-threatening complications.
A.

Can hemophilia cause death?

Hemophilia can result in: Bleeding within joints that can lead to chronic joint disease and pain. Bleeding in the head and sometimes in the brain which can cause long term problems, such as seizures and paralysis. Death can occur if the bleeding cannot be stopped or if it occurs in a vital organ such as the brain.
  • How does a person get hemophilia?

    The father only passes half of his sex chromosomes to the baby, either the X or the Y. If the baby gets the Y chromosome from the father it will be a boy. The son can get from the mother either her X chromosome with the hemophilia gene or her X chromosome with the normal blood clotting gene.
  • What are the most common symptoms of hemophilia?

    Signs and symptoms of spontaneous bleeding include:
    • Unexplained and excessive bleeding from cuts or injuries, or after surgery or dental work.
    • Many large or deep bruises.
    • Unusual bleeding after vaccinations.
    • Pain, swelling or tightness in your joints.
    • Blood in your urine or stool.
    • Nosebleeds without a known cause.
  • How do you test for hemophilia?

    If doctors suspect hemophilia A or B in a young child, they will do some simple lab tests. They will take a blood sample, and measure the amount of factor VIII and factor IX in the blood. Factor VIII is the protein which is lacking in hemophilia A. Factor IX is the protein which is lacking in hemophilia B.
B.

Is Hemophilia a fatal disease?

Without proper treatment, hemophilia is crippling and often fatal. With modern treatment, most people with hemophilia can lead full, active lives. Hemophilia is classified as severe, moderate or mild.
  • How long can you live if you have hemophilia?

    Without adequate treatment, many people with hemophilia die before they reach adulthood. However, with proper treatment, life expectancy for people with hemophilia is about 10 years less than that of males without hemophilia, and children can look forward to a normal life expectancy.
  • Is Hemophilia A life threatening?

    People with hemophilia bleed easily, and the blood takes a longer time to clot. People with hemophilia can experience spontaneous or internal bleeding and often have painful, swollen joints due to bleeding into the joints. This rare but serious condition can have life-threatening complications.
  • Is hemophilia genetic?

    Hemophilia A and hemophilia B are inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern. The genes associated with these conditions are located on the X chromosome, which is one of the two sex chromosomes. In males (who have only one X chromosome), one altered copy of the gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the condition.
C.

Is Hemophilia A curable?

Currently, there is no cure for hemophilia. But scientists are always trying to find a cure. They believe the answer lies in gene therapy. The chemical "directions" for blood clotting are found on a certain gene in each cell of the body.
  • How much does it cost to treat hemophilia?

    Costs rise substantially for patients with complications, such as HIV seropositivity, arthropathy, and/or development of inhibitors. Some estimates claim treatment costs as high as $1 million per year for these patients. The majority of these treatment costs are attributed to the cost of clotting-factor concentrates.
  • What are the most common symptoms of hemophilia?

    Signs and symptoms of spontaneous bleeding include:
    • Unexplained and excessive bleeding from cuts or injuries, or after surgery or dental work.
    • Many large or deep bruises.
    • Unusual bleeding after vaccinations.
    • Pain, swelling or tightness in your joints.
    • Blood in your urine or stool.
    • Nosebleeds without a known cause.
  • What percent of the population is affected by hemophilia?

    Hemophilia A affects 1 in 5,000 male births in the U.S., and approximately 400 babies are born with hemophilia each year. Four hundred thousand people worldwide are living with hemophilia, and about 20,000 are living with it in the United States.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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