The advancements in modern medicine have meant that people with hemophilia are living longer than ever, however, this brings its own set of problems for the medical profession. People living with the disease are just as likely to have other health issues when they get older as those without hemophilia, including arthritis and other musculoskeletal issues, heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, and cancer.
These co-morbidities present problems for the doctors treating them as medications and treatments can interfere with white blood cells, as well as put pressure on joints or organs, increasing the patient’s chances of hemorrhaging. Taking multiple medications for different health issues can also put additional strain on the liver and kidney whose function may already be impaired due to hemophilia. Find out more about the challenges of treating older hemophilia patients here.
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