DOHA, Qatar, Apr 17 (NNN-QNA) – On the occasion of World Haemophilia Day, which is recognised on Apr 17 each year, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar, is urging women, who have experienced symptoms of a bleeding disorder to get screened for haemophilia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes haemophilia as a hereditary bleeding disorder, due to a partial or total lack of an essential blood clotting factor. Common symptoms of the bleeding disorder include frequent nosebleeds, unexplained and uncontrolled bleeding and bruising.

“When a person without haemophilia bleeds, normal levels of clotting factor – a protein in the blood – causes the blood to clot and the bleeding to stop. However, haemophiliacs (people with haemophilia) have lower levels of clotting factor in their blood, and bleeding continues for much longer periods,” explained Clinical Pharmacist at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), Dr Ahmed Abdulaziz Abdelbari.

“An affected individual can bleed profusely for a longer time after trauma. These haemorrhages commonly occur in joints, especially the knees, ankles and elbows, and into tissues and muscles. Haemophiliac women are particularly at risk of excessive postpartum bleeding following childbirth, and can experience prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding. They may require an iron supplement and sometimes need to undergo a hysterectomy (a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus). This is why it is important for women who carry the haemophilia gene to be aware of their status,” Dr Abdelbari stated.

The WHO says, haemophilia A is the most common form, referred to as classical haemophilia, which is the result of a deficiency in clotting factor 8. Haemophilia B is a deficiency in clotting factor 9 and is a gender-linked recessive disorder.

“Blood tests can determine the presence of the haemophilia condition, and more specifically whether it is a type A or a type B disease. It is always advisable for women to know their carrier status, before becoming pregnant, so they are better prepared to cope with their bleeding disorder. Families should consult their physician for advice and counselling about testing,” added Dr Abdelbari.– NNN-QNA

Source: NAM News Network