What is Haemophilia?
Who is affected by Haemophilia?
How serious is Haemophilia?
First signs of Haemophilia in a young child
Symptoms of Haemophilia in an older child or adult
Common symptoms of hemophilia are:
bleeding into joints (knees, elbows, ankles, shoulders, hips, wrists in descending order of frequency)
bleeding into soft tissues and muscles (the ileopsoas muscle around the hip, calf, forearm, upper arm, Achilles tendon, buttocks)
bleeding in the mouth from a cut, bitten tongue or loss of a tooth (especially in children)
blood in the urine (hematuria)
What causes the bleeding?
Symptoms of bleeding into the brain
Some of the following symptoms may occur in a person with bleeding in the brain.
Persistent or increasing headache
Sleepiness or a change in normal behaviour
Sudden weakness or clumsiness of an arm or leg
Stiffness of the neck or complaints of pain with neck movement
Complaints of seeing double
The development of crossed eyes
Poor balance when walking, a lack of coordination
Convulsions or seizures (fits).
Other kinds of bleeding that are serious
Any bleeding in a vital area is serious. Important examples are:
bleeding in the neck, throat or tongue (this could block the airway)
bleeding in the ileopsoas muscle across the front of the hip (this could pinch important nerves to the leg)
bleeding in the forearm or calf (this could pinch important nerves to the hand or foot)
bleeding in joints, especially knees, ankles and elbows (repeated bleeds in joints can lead to loss of range of motion, muscle loss, and destruction of the joints themselves).
Signs and symptoms of joint bleed
A hemorrhage into a joint, if untreated, goes on for days. This is what happens.
The first sign is a feeling of tightness in the joint but no real pain. The joint feels a little puffy to the touch.
As the hours pass, the joint becomes hot to the touch. Fully flexing or extending the joint becomes painful. Weight bearing becomes difficult. By this time, the joint is visibly swollen.
As the bleeding continues and the swelling increases, all movement in the joint is lost. The joint becomes fixed in a slightly flexed position in an attempt to relieve the interior pressure in the joint. The pain at this point can be excruciating.
The bleeding slows after several days when the joint is so full of blood that the pressure inside the joint cavity is equal to the pressure inside the broken blood vessels. Slowly, the bleeding stops and the long process of absorbing the blood in the joint cavity begins.
After several hemorrhages like this, the joint is permanently damaged.