One of the greatest risks to people living with hemophilia is a bleed in the brain (or intracranial hemorrhage). Around 3 percent of people with moderate or severe forms of the disease will experience an intracranial hemorrhage — some will be a result of a head injury, others may experience a spontaneous bleed.
If you experience any of these symptoms or signs, you should call the emergency services and seek medical attention immediately.
Signs of an intracranial hemorrhage include:
- Stiff neck
- Severe headache
- Altered mental state, confusion
- Vision problems
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Paralysis in the facial muscles
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