Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What is a bleeding disorder?

A bleeding disorder is defined as a flaw in the body’s clotting system. Because a person with a bleeding disorder is missing certain clotting factors they tend to bleed for a longer time than a person who does not have the disorder.
Women with bleeding disorders that aren’t treated risk life-threatening complications during childbirth, injury, surgeries, and internal bleeding.
There are a number of bleeding disorders that affect women and men.
Hemophilia A and B
Von Willebrand Disease
Factor I Deficiency
Factor II Deficiency
Factor V Deficiency
Combined Factor V and Factor VIII Deficiency
Factor VIII Deficiency
Factor VII Deficiency
Factor X Deficiency
Factor XI Deficiency
Factor XII Deficiency
Factor XIII Deficiency

Von Willebrand is the most common type of bleeding disorder that people have, affecting just over 1% of the population.

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