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How well you do depends on the type of hemophilia and its severity. Thanks to the development of clotting factor products, most people with hemophilia can look forward to a near-normal life span.

There are three main complications that may develop in people with hemophilia:

  • Joint destruction Multiple episodes of bleeding into joints can result in severe joint damage.

  • Blood-borne infection Blood testing and purification techniques have improved markedly over the years. It is now exceedingly rare for hepatitis or HIV infections to be transmitted through blood products.

  • Development of inhibitor antibodies People who are treated with clotting factors can develop inhibitor antibodies. These are proteins that decrease the effectiveness of the clotting treatment. When this occurs, treatment can become complicated and expensive.

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