What Is Acquired Hemophilia?

Q:
What is acquired hemophilia?

A:
Acquired hemophilia is different from congenital hemophilia. It is a disorder that develops suddenly at a certain point in your life (middle age in particular) instead of at birth. The disease is caused by the production of autoantibodies in adults, because of which factor VIII is inactivated. The disease is rare to occur. When it occurs, both males and females are both equally likely to develop the disease.

The typical clinical manifestations of acquired hemophilia are bleeding into skin and soft tissues instead of the joints, such as extensive cutaneous purpura and internal hemorrhage.

 

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