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What is hemophilia?

Hemophilia is a problem that starts in the blood and causes people to bleed longer than normal. The bloodstream carries blood everywhere in the body through pipes called blood vessels. When there is a tear in the blood vessels, blood escapes. This is called a bleed. Sometimes you can see bleeds, for example when you scrape your knee, but many times bleeds happen inside the body where they can’t be seen. Normally, the body stops bleeds by making a blood clot, which is a natural barrier that plugs the tear. The blood clots are made by clotting factors and platelets. If clotting factors are missing, which is what happens in Hemophilia, bleeding continues for longer periods of time. 

Hemophilia is an inherited blood disorder that causes problems with blood clotting. There are multiple types of hemophilia and they all cause uncontrolled, prolonged bleeding. Hemophilia lasts for a lifetime but can be controlled with proper treatment and care. The condition is usually inherited from the mother, and most people with hemophilia are male.

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