By: Sierra Fryson & Sierra Westfall
- Hemophilia is a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury.
- It is a rare genetic condition where blood doesn't clot normally. It causes a person that had been injured to keep bleeding a long period of time,an individual suffers hemoradge in the joints and excruciating pain.
- Symptoms include extreme pain, blood loss, nosebleeds, bruising, blood in the urine and bleeding in joints that can cause swelling .
- Diagnostic tests include getting blood samples to measure the amount of factor VIII and factor IX. The first factor is the protein that causes Hemophilia A and the second factor is the protein that causes Hemophilia B. They look for the lack of proteins.
- The number of people with Hemophilia in the U.S. is 20k and Hemophilia A occurs in 1 in 5000 with male births. It is four times as common as Hemophilia B
- Hemophilia cannot be prevented, but there are certain precautions you can take such as: avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, get vaccinated with Hepatitis B vaccine and administer either factor VIII or factor IX on a regular basis to help prevent bleeding and joint damage.
- There is no specific treatment for Hemophilia, but if you continue to get vaccinations then you are able to treat the disease over time.
- There is no current treatment, just vaccinations for Hemophilia anywhere, research is still being done to try to find a cure.
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