What Are the Symptoms of Hemophilia?
Hemophilia, a bleeding disorder, can cause excessive, uncontrollable bleeding.1
People with hemophilia may have symptoms such as:
Bruises from minor accidents2
Bleeding that is difficult to stop after dental work1
Longer bleeding times after cuts and scrapes1
Blood in the urine or stool2
In addition, people with hemophilia may have bleeding in their joints, which can cause swelling and pain.1 Bleeding into the brain may be another side effect of hemophilia. This type of bleeding can be very serious and may follow a mild head injury.1
The good news is that most people with hemophilia can live healthy, normal lives with proper treatment.2 If you or your child has a bleeding disorder, be sure to tell your doctors and dental professionals.1 You can take steps to avoid problems. For example, your dental professional can coordinate with your physician to give you medicine to reduce bleeding during dental work.1
1 “Hemophilia.” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, August 2008. www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/hemophilia/hemophilia_all.html Accessed 2010.
2 “Medical Encyclopedia: Hemophilia A.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, March 21, 2010. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000538.htm Accessed 2008.
3 “Medical Encyclopedia: Hemophilia B.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, March 21, 2010. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000539.htm Accessed 2008.