Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder. The blood of someone with hemophilia will not clot normally. Bleeding may occur spontaneously or following injury.
Hemophilia occurs in 2 forms, hemophilia A and B. In both forms, a gene is defective. The defective gene interferes with the ability of the body to produce the clotting factors that allow for normal clotting. The result is a tendency for abnormal, excessive bleeding.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2014
Troy S Cutler, MD
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Hemophilia:
Hemophilia - Treatment
How did doctors treat your hemophilia?
Hemophilia - Symptoms
What were the symptoms of your hemophilia?
- Early Care for Your Premature Baby
- What to Eat When You Have Cancer
- When to Take More Pain Medication