What is haemophilia?

Haemophilia is a lifelong condition requiring constant and careful management. The most common forms of haemophillia are caused by deficiency in a particular coagulation factor – factor VIII (FVIII) in haemophilia A and factor IX (FIX) in haemophilia B.

Haemophilia is quite rare; about 1 in 10,000 people are born with it1.

Treatment of haemophilia

A primary aim of care in haemophilia is to prevent and treat bleeding with the deficient clotting factor2:

  • On-demand: Treatment given at the time of clinically evident bleeding
  • Prophylaxis: Treatment given in order to prevent anticipated bleeding


References: 1. World Federation of Hemophilia. What is Hemophilia? Available at: http://www1.wfh.org/publications/files/pdf-1324.pdf (accessed April 2019). 2.World Federation of Hemophilia. Guidelines for the Management of Hemophilia–2nd Edition. Available at: http://www1.wfh.org/publications/files/pdf-1472.pdf (accessed April 2019). 

PP-BEN-GBR-0264, April 2019

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