When blood does not clot When blood does not clot

When blood does not clot

WITH YOUR BODY 26 January, 2017 Ana María López de Mesa


People who suffer from hemophilia bleed longer than others.

This is the result of a lack of protein that allows for the blood to coagulate and may cause internal and external hemorrhaging.

The webpage MedlinePlus states that the main symptom of this condition is bleeding, and mentions that mild cases are likely to go unnoticed until a patient undergoes a surgery or is injured. With serious cases, patients experience unexplainable bleeding. If other family members have a history of this condition, patients can also be diagnosed through a blood test.

According to the World Federation of Hemophilia, standard treatment consists of
replacing the missing coagulation factor through a vein (intravenous therapy).

Given the seriousness of the disease and its short and long-term complications, The Colombian Fund for High-Cost Disease explains that this disease is difficult to deal with if proper treatment and follow-up is not provided. For those that suffer from this condition, this organization recommends seeing a medical professional to further understand how this disease plays a factor in blood clotting, identifying the most adequate treatment and understanding what measures to take in the case of injury or hemorrhaging.

 

In 2015, for every 100,000 residents in Colombia, there were 3.8 people with hemophilia.