Types of Bleeding Disorders ...
Hemophilia is a rare hereditary (inherited) bleeding disorder in which blood cannot clot normally at the site of a wound or injury. The disorder occurs because certain blood clotting factors are missing or do not work properly. This can cause extended bleeding from a cut or wound. Spontaneous internal bleeding can occur as well, especially in the joints and muscles.
There are two types of inherited hemophilia:
- Hemophilia A (Factor VIII (8) deficiency)
- Hemophilia B (Factor IX (9) deficiency) aka "Christmas Disease
There are other types of bleeding disorders:
- Von Willebrand's Disease - A bleeding disorder similar to Hemophilia that affects both males and females equally. It is caused by a deficiency of a blood clotting protein called Von Willebrand factor. Von Willebrand factor circulates in blood attached to factor VIII and is necessary to form a clot.
And some very rare bleeding disorders:
- Factor I (1) deficiency
- Factor V (5) deficiency
- Factor VII (7) deficiency
- Factor X (10) deficiency
- Factor XI (11) deficiency
- Factor XII (12) deficiency
- Factor XIII (13) deficiency