Complications of Hemophilia
Complications list for Hemophilia:
The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources
for Hemophilia includes:
See also the symptoms of Hemophilia and Hemophilia: Introduction.
Complications of Hemophilia:
The major cause of disability in hemophilia patients is chronic joint disease
- "arthropathy" - caused by uncontrolled bleeding into the joints.
Life-threatening hemorrhage is a constant risk. Traditional treatment of
hemophilia in the United States has involved "on-demand" treatment, meaning that
patients are treated with factor replacement only after bleeding symptoms are
recognized. These bleeds ultimately result in severely impaired joints. Several
European countries are treating hemophiliacs by periodic infusion (prophylaxis)
regardless of bleeding status. This approach maintains the factor level high
enough that bleeding, joint destruction, and life-threatening hemorrhage are
almost entirely avoided. There are, nevertheless, serious disadvantages such as
the need for frequent infusions, the requirement for almost continuous access to
veins by catheters, and the considerable cost of factor. In the United States,
it is estimated that most patients on prophylaxis which is begun in the first
few years of life will easily exceed the common life-time insurance cap of
$1,000,000 by the second decade of life. The treatment decisions are not easy
(Source: excerpt from Hemophilia: NHLBI)
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Complications of Hemophilia are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are
caused by Hemophilia.
In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Hemophilia and complications
of Hemophilia is unclear
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