Key information about the condition includes the following:
It is a rare, inherited bleeding disorder.
In the United States, approximately 400 babies are born with hemophilia each year.
The disease almost always occurs in males.
People born with hemophilia have problems with certain proteins in the blood, which are called clotting factors. Clotting factors help blood clot.
It can occur if there is a low level of clotting factors or if there is a clotting factor that is completely missing.
When clotting factors are missing, or your body does not have enough clotting factors, it can take a long time for your blood to clot after an injury or accident. Bleeding often occurs internally.
There are two main types of hemophilia: A and B. People with hemophilia A have low levels of clotting factor 8 or are missing it altogether. People with hemophilia B have low levels of clotting factor 9 or are missing it altogether.
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