What is the Meaning of Hemophiliac?

Q:
What is the meaning of hemophiliac?

 

A:
A hemophiliac is a person suffering from hemophilia.

Hemophilia is usually an inherited bleeding disorder. People with such disorder, namely the hemophiliacs, cannot make their blood clot as normal people. This can lead to spontaneous bleeding as well as bleeding following injuries or surgery.

Blood contains many proteins called clotting factors that can help to stop bleeding. Hemophiliacs have low levels of either factor VIII (8) or factor IX (9). The severity of hemophilia that a person has is determined by the amount of factor in the blood. The lower the amount of the factor, the more likely the bleeding.

In rare cases, a person can acquire hemophilia later in life. Most cases involve middle-aged or elderly people, or young women who have recently given birth or are in the later stages of pregnancy. This condition often resolves with appropriate treatment.

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