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Unformatted text preview: Haemophilia Haemophilia is a group of hereditary genetic disorders that impair the body's ability to control blood clotting or coagulation, which is used to stop bleeding when a blood vessel is broken. Symptoms The symptoms of haemophilia depend upon the severity of the condition. Generally symptoms are internal or external bleeding episodes, which are called "bleeds". Patients with more severe haemophilia suffer more severe and more frequent bleeds, while patients with mild haemophilia typically suffer more minor symptoms except after surgery or serious trauma. Moderate haemophiliacs have variable symptoms which manifest along a spectrum between severe and mild forms. Symptoms of haemophilia include:- Skin easily bruises Large haematomas form following trauma Haemarthrosis (swelling, bruising and stiffness of a joint due to intra-articular bleeding) Large bleed in minor surgery, such as dental work Menorrhagia Causes The clotting process requires a number of blood proteins called clotting factors. Altogether there are 12 The clotting process requires a number of blood proteins called clotting factors....
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