4 Complications That Can Be Caused by a Bleeding Disorder

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by Margarida Azevedo, MSc |

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Hemophilia is an inherited disease that prevents blood from clotting, a process that’s required to stop bleeding. According to the Hemophilia Federation of America, there are various complications that can arise from having a bleeding disorder like hemophilia.

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Joint damage: One of the most frequent complications for hemophilia patients is joint damage, which happens after regular bleeding into the joints. This can be painful and can cause swelling and deformity. Many hemophilia patients suffer from arthritis and may require joint replacements.

Inhibitors: Hemophilia patients sometimes acquire inhibitors: antibodies produced by the body to destroy the infusions patients receive, as the body detects them as something foreign. The antibodies destroy the clotting factor before it has time to stop the bleeding.

Viral infection: Factor products are considered safe, however patients still run the risk of a new virus being introduced.

Emotional and psychological effects: Being diagnosed can result in a wave of emotions including stress, sadness and even depression. It’s important to know that these feelings are normal, and there are ways to help patients deal with the emotional stress of the disease.

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