What is hemophilia?

Also known as: hemophilia A, hemophilia B, hemophilia C, classic hemophilia

Hemophilia is a medical condition in which children bleed longer than normal because their blood doesn't clot properly due to a lack of the proteins known as clotting factors. Small cuts don't usually cause a problem, but an injury or surgery or even having teeth pulled can result in continuous bleeding in severe cases.

Bleeding can also occur without injury into joints like ankles or knees or for example inside organs and/or the chest, abdomen or brain. There are several types of hemophilia, however Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B (Christmas disease) are the commonest.


Reviewed by: Guillermo R De Angulo, MD

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