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Hemophilia-Medical Information

If you are a boy and you mother has it you have a 50% chance of being a carrier. If you are a girl and your dad has it you are a carrier of the disease. The disease is both dominant and recessive depending on the genders. If you are suspected to have hemophilia the doctor will look at your family records to see if there is any history of hemophilia in your family. You will also have a physical and a series of blood tests to see...
* How long it takes for your blood to clot
  • Whether your blood has low levels of any of the clotting factors
  • Whether one of the clotting factors is completely missing from your blood

The physical symptoms of this disease are...
  • Bleeding in the mouth from a cut or bite or from cutting or losing a tooth
  • Nosebleeds for no obvious reason
  • Heavy bleeding from a minor cut
  • Bleeding from a cut that resumes after stopping for a short time
  • Long-lasting, painful headaches or neck pain or stiffness
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Sleepiness or changes in behavior
  • Sudden weakness or clumsiness of the arms or legs or problems walking
  • Double vision
  • Convulsions or seizures


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Hemophilia-Medical Information (cont.)

People with Hemophilia can live a normal life expectancy if it is properly treated and found ahead of time. People with hemophelia can live as long as anyone without this disease.

This really isn't a disease where you bleed to death from small cuts, it is just a disease that makes you bleed and bruise. Although it is still very serious because it can cause internal bleeding after surgery, bruising around muscles and joints and excessive bleeding in muscles which can cause severe damage.


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  1. What is everyday life like? What is the quality of life? If you have hemophilia you are not going to be in a contact sports.
  2. What limitations does the person have? They are not able to play contact.
  3. What are some organizations that can help a family cope with a child's disorder (web links)?
  4. How possible is it that a cure will be found?