Bleeding Disorders 101

If you have a bleeding disorder, your blood does not clot properly. This could be due to a deficiency or malfunction of a protein called a clotting factor or platelets. Uncontrolled bleeding can be painful and can cause long-term consequences. In many cases, there is reasonable treatment. Hearing a diagnosis of a bleeding disorder or any other chronic condition can be very difficult. It’s important to know that people with bleeding disorders can lead a full life.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, are the parent of a newly diagnosed child, or have lived with a bleeding disorder all your life, knowledge is power.

If you think you might have a bleeding disorder, consult an expert. Hematologists are experts in bleeding disorders. They can diagnose your bleeding disorder, provide guidance for managing your bleeding disorder, and prescribe the treatments and therapies to ensure your best possible outcome.

Bleeding disorders are complex and often require collaboration with other health professionals, such as nurses, physical therapists, geneticists, and social workers. To facilitate comprehensive care for patients with bleeding disorders, the United States federal government provides funding to Hemophilia Treatment Centers across the country. HTCs help coordinate your care with other medical experts to treat all aspects of your bleeding disorder.

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