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Treatment Options

The main treatment for hemophilia A is replacement therapy. Replacement therapy involves injections of the low or missing clotting factors directly into the bloodstream. In the case of hemophilia A, the missing factor injected will be factor 8 (VIII).
Replacement therapy can be used on a long-term basis to prevent bleeding. People with severe hemophilia are more likely to receive this type of preventive replacement therapy. Replacement therapy can also be given on demand (as needed) to stop bleeding when it occurs. This therapy is more common in those with milder hemophilia A.
Early treatment for bleeding is important to prevent or limit damage to joints, muscles, or other parts of the body.
Replacement therapy is often done at home. Home hemophilia A treatment has many benefits. However, it is important to be trained to do home infusions properly and safely.
(Click Hemophilia Treatment to learn more about treatments for hemophilia.)

Living With Hemophilia A

Exercise is important for children and adults living with hemophilia A. Talk with your doctor about the type of exercise that is best for you or for your child and what to do to prevent injuries.
If you or your child has hemophilia, learn as much as you can about the disorder and if possible, join a support group.
Hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs) are located in many areas of the United States. These centers can provide treatment, education, and support to hemophilia A patients, their families, and their healthcare providers.
(Click Living With Hemophilia to learn more about HTCs and strategies for coping with hemophilia.)
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