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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hemophilia?

Hemophilia, a bleeding disorder, can cause excessive, uncontrollable bleeding.

People with hemophilia may have signs such as:

  • Bruises from minor accidents

  • Nosebleeds

  • Bleeding that is difficult to stop after dental work

  • Longer bleeding times after cuts and scrapes

  • Blood in the urine or stool

In addition, people with hemophilia may have bleeding in their joints, which can cause swelling and pain. 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.

The good news is that most people with hemophilia can live healthy, normal lives with proper treatment. If you or your child has a bleeding disorder, be sure to tell your doctors and dental professionals. 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.

“What is Hemophilia.” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hemophilia/Accessed 2013.

“Hemophilia A.” Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, July 17, 2013. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000538.htm Accessed 2013.

“Hemophilia B.” Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, February 8, 2012. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000539.htm Accessed 2013.

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