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The board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric hematology/oncology specialists available through Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience and extensive training to treat hemophilia in children and teens, as well as Von Willebrand disease and other bleeding disorders.
Bleeding disorders affect the body’s clotting process (coagulation). Blood clotting usually involves as many as 20 different plasma proteins. These plasma proteins, called clotting factors, are named by Roman numerals. They work together to help the body clot blood.
When some of these plasma proteins are not present in the body, it can cause the body to bleed or clot too easily, depending on the bleeding disorder type. Types of bleeding disorders include:
Von Willebrand disease and hemophilia are the most common bleeding disorders.
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder in which one of the clotting factors is reduced or absent. The condition is inherited, meaning it is passed from parent to child. However, some children with hemophilia may have no family history of the condition. There are two types of hemophilia:
Hemophilia can be considered mild, moderate or severe based on the clotting factors in the blood:
A Norton Children’s pediatric hematologist can work with you and your child to create a treatment plan unique to their condition and needs. Depending on your child’s hemophilia type and severity, treatments can include: